syn·​e·​sis ˈsi-nə-səs How to pronounce synesis (audio)
: a grammatical construction in which agreement or reference is according to sense rather than strict syntax (such as anyone and them in "if anyone calls, tell them I am out")

Word History


New Latin, from Greek, understanding, sense, from synienai to bring together, understand, from syn- + hienai to send — more at jet

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of synesis was in 1722

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Cite this Entry

“Synesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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