syn·​chron·​ic sin-ˈkrä-nik How to pronounce synchronic (audio)
: descriptive sense 4
synchronic linguistics
: concerned with events existing in a limited time period and ignoring historical antecedents
synchronical adjective
synchronically adverb

Examples of synchronic in a Sentence

to musical accompaniment, the swimmers' synchronic movements form a kaleidoscope of artistic patterns
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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of synchronic was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Synchronic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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