Definition of syntactic in English:

syntactic

adjective

  • Of or according to syntax:

    ‘syntactic analysis’
    • ‘These share some of the conceptual and syntactic properties of the singular mass nouns.’
    • ‘This can involve echoing particular words, adopting features of pronunciation, using similar syntactic structures, and so on.’
    • ‘As the main or only word in the noun phrase, it has the same set of syntactic functions as a noun.’
    • ‘A verb phrase is allowed to begin with anything it wants, subject only to the syntactic principles about the contents of verb phrases.’
    • ‘Ironically, there was already a syntactic oddity in the quoted paragraph.’
    • ‘The main argument concerns the relationship between syntactic, textual, and ideological analysis, and the descriptive methods required in text analysis.’
    • ‘Although agrammatic, all patients displayed sensitivity to, and use of, parallel syntactic principles in mathematics.’
    • ‘It's a bit unexpected not to include any measures of syntactic complexity - even something as simple as mean sentence length.’
    • ‘My first reaction was that the filler isn't analysable as having any particular syntactic function, since it can occur almost anywhere.’
    • ‘If the sequence of written words falls naturally into a syntactic pattern that clashes with the intended meaning, reading goes wrong.’
    • ‘This serves to highlight not only the lexical features associated with a particular field but also the syntactic features which characterize spoken French.’
    • ‘Traditional theories of agreement production assume that verb agreement is an essentially syntactic process.’
    • ‘It's possible that these writers have a different syntactic frame for the verb understate.’
    • ‘Pidgin grammars tend to be shallow, with no syntactic devices for subordination or embedding.’
    • ‘These include word identification, syntactic parsing, and semantic composition of word meanings.’
    • ‘Here's another case where it seems that a common syntactic pattern is a grammatical confusion.’
    • ‘In such grammars, conflicts among semantic and syntactic constraints are resolved in terms of ranking.’
    • ‘But it simply isn't reasonable to say that they are syntactic errors.’
    • ‘In nearly all cases, different lexical items carry with them different syntactic as well as semantic structures.’
    • ‘Suppose you wanted to track changes in the relative usages of syntactic variants by writers in, oh say, the past three or four decades.’
    syntactic, morphological, semantic
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Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek suntaktikos, from suntassein arrange together (see syntax).

Pronunciation

syntactic

/sɪnˈtaktɪk/