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1. Of or relating to a group of syntactically related words, none of which is functionally equivalent to the function of the whole group. For example, none of the words in the phrase on the table is an adverb, yet they combine to form a phrase having adverbial function.
2. Of or relating to a compound word whose referent is not the same as the referents of any of its constituent parts. For example, the noun razorback does not refer to a type of back, but to a type of hog (one having a sharply ridged back).
(Grammar) grammar (of a construction) not fulfilling the grammatical role of any of its constituents; as in until last Easter, where the constituents are prepositional, adjectival, and nominal, while the whole construction is adverbial. Compare endocentric
ex•o•cen•tric(ˌɛk soʊˈsɛn trɪk)
(of a grammatical construction or a compound) not having the same syntactic function in a sentence as any one of its constituents, as in the garden, which does not function the same way as the preposition in, the article the, or the noun garden. Compare endocentric.
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|Adj.||1.||exocentric - not fulfilling the same grammatical role of any of its constituents; "when `until last Easter' serves as an adverb it is an exocentric construction"|
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
endocentric - fulfilling the grammatical role of one of its constituents; "when `three blind mice' serves as a noun it is an endocentric construction"