syn·​tac·​tic | \sin-ˈtak-tik \
variants: or syntactical \sin-​ˈtak-​ti-​kəl \

Definition of syntactic 

: of, relating to, or according to the rules of syntax or syntactics

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syntactically \sin-​ˈtak-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Shi and others recruited and hired current and former employees of the engineering firm in Houston, including Liu, to aid CBMF's capability to make syntactic foam. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man indicted for 'vast criminal conspiracy' to aid China-owned companies," 27 Apr. 2018 Flipping their syntactic form does nothing to their semantic role. The Economist, "The weasel voice in journalism," 24 May 2018 But from inside the books, the syntactic icing is so clearly a protective measure, a droll band-aid. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Is Patrick Melrose Too Glamorous?," 17 May 2018 The indictment alleges that from at least 2013 through May 2017, Shi operated on behalf of CBMF, which intended to create a facility in China to sell syntactic foam. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man indicted for 'vast criminal conspiracy' to aid China-owned companies," 27 Apr. 2018 Greenberg is a linguistics expert who teaches courses in Russian and whose interests include Russian and Slavic linguistics as well as syntactic theory. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Why we still need to study the humanities in a STEM world," 18 Oct. 2017 Her lines crackle with syntactic wit: Nouns and verbs can riot and tumble, or, when most keenly needed, be startlingly absent. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "C. D. Wright, Poet of Ozarks and Beyond, Dies at 67," 16 Jan. 2016 The book is characterized by nostalgia mixed with surgical literary and syntactic analysis. Heather Scott Partington, New York Times, "Four New Collections of Omnivorous Literary Criticism," 23 June 2017 The first is functional shift, in which a word achieves an additional syntactic function: nouns becoming verbs, verbs becoming nouns, and the like. John E. Mcintyre,, "In a word: polysemy," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of syntactic

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for syntactic

New Latin syntacticus, from Greek syntaktikos arranging together, from syntassein

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The first known use of syntactic was in 1577

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English Language Learners Definition of syntactic

linguistics : of or relating to syntax


syn·​tac·​tic | \sin-ˈtak-tik \
variants: or syntactical \-​ti-​kəl \

Medical Definition of syntactic 

: of or relating to syntactics

Other Words from syntactic

syntactically \-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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a knickknack or trinket

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