lin·​guis·​tic | \ liŋ-ˈgwi-stik How to pronounce linguistic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly linguistical \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce linguistic (audio) \

Definition of linguistic

: of or relating to language or linguistics linguistic scholars linguistic changes

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linguistically \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce linguistic (audio) \ adverb

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the age at which children begin to acquire linguistic skills
Recent Examples on the Web By altering our taken-for-granted physical reality—making meat without killing animals—novel food technologies disturb our taken-for-granted linguistic and regulatory categories. Sarah Garland, The New Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 There’s never been a better time to support Canada’s Indigenous tourism industry and discover the incredibly rich cultural, linguistic and spiritual heritage of the country’s First Nations peoples. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 The linguistic comedy is equally as impressive as the slapstick, and the combination of those two elements working together creates some truly wonderful pairings. Michelle Cohn, Vulture, 27 Sep. 2021 According to the study, a linguistic phenomenon known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis could be to blame. Maddie Bender, STAT, 25 Sep. 2021 An exquisite linguistic ceasefire between the US and France was crafted this week in the finest tradition of the founding father and diplomat. Stephen Collinson And Melissa Bell, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 In one, the Kiswahili Language Translation Project, academics from different universities and organizations in east Africa provided translations for key digital terms, considering the histories and the linguistic contexts of the various words. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 22 Sep. 2021 The gods of plausibility were napping on this project; out of nowhere, after establishing their linguistic barriers, Mike’s fluent in Spanish and Rafo’s a whiz in English. Michael Phillips,, 15 Sep. 2021 Throughout those years, the Hindu right worked tirelessly to fuse Assam’s linguistic nationalism with its own majoritarian vision of a Hindu nation, in which Muslims would always be foreigners. New York Times, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of linguistic

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of linguistic was in 1825

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13 Oct 2021

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“Linguistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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