syntactic

adjective
syn·​tac·​tic | \ sin-ˈtak-tik How to pronounce syntactic (audio) \
variants: or syntactical \ sin-​ˈtak-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce syntactical (audio) \

Definition of syntactic

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

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Other Words from syntactic

syntactically \ sin-​ˈtak-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce syntactically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of syntactic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only in poetry is there so much flexibility and freedom to actually use those kind of pair words together that make intuitive sense but don’t make syntactic sense. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Alice Waters and daughter Fanny Singer in Q&A about Singer’s memoir of life with Bay Area legend," 30 Mar. 2020 Last Wednesday, with a pandemic spiking and the economy plummeting, Senator Charles Schumer finally lost his cool and dispensed with syntactic best practices in the name of urgency. David Roth, The New Republic, "America’s Diseased Politics," 24 Mar. 2020 Most of its bulk consists of a highly specialized syntactic foam—made of tiny ceramic spheres suspended in polymer resin—the only material able to provide buoyancy while remaining uncrushable. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019 Language, too, has a recursive structure in which a syntactic category such as a sentence can contain other sentence clauses that in turn can contain clauses themselves, and so on. Quanta Magazine, "The Bulldogs That Bulldogs Fight," 17 Apr. 2019 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

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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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“Syntactic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syntactic. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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syntactic

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English Language Learners Definition of syntactic

linguistics : of or relating to syntax

syntactic

adjective
syn·​tac·​tic | \ sin-ˈtak-tik How to pronounce syntactic (audio) \
variants: or syntactical \ -​ti-​kəl How to pronounce syntactical (audio) \

Medical Definition of syntactic

: of or relating to syntactics

Other Words from syntactic

syntactically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce syntactically (audio) \ adverb

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