syn·​chron·​ic | \ sin-ˈkrä-nik How to pronounce synchronic (audio) , siŋ- \

Definition of synchronic

2a : descriptive sense 4 synchronic linguistics
b : concerned with events existing in a limited time period and ignoring historical antecedents

Other Words from synchronic

synchronical \ sin-​ˈkrä-​ni-​kəl How to pronounce synchronic (audio) , siŋ-​ \ adjective
synchronically \ sin-​ˈkrä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce synchronic (audio) , siŋ-​ \ adverb

Examples of synchronic in a Sentence

to musical accompaniment, the swimmers' synchronic movements form a kaleidoscope of artistic patterns
Recent Examples on the Web No longer priestesses and priests in the cult of the Western Logos, no longer implicit defenders of the status quo ante, literary critics become warriors for synchronic justice conceived as catharsis. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 And Steve only has enough synchronic left to either rescue Hawking or rescue Brianna. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of synchronic

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synchronic

synchron(ous) + -ic entry 1; (sense 2a) borrowed from French synchronique, from synchronie synchrony + -ique -ic entry 1

Note: As a linguistic term, it was introduced along with synchronie synchrony by Ferdinand de saussure; see note at diachrony.

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“Synchronic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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