monosemic


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monosemic

(ˌmɒnəʊˈsiːmɪk)
adj
(Linguistics) linguistics having only a single meaning
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Whereas this utterance, as attributed to Jesus Christ in Matthew's Gospel (26: 51-53), was both monosemic and unidimensional, Musinde uses it to demand that hostilities between all warring parties cease unconditionally.
The metalanguage of definitions is simple and monosemic.
They are "need-based borrowings", 'necessary borrowings'), monosemic (thus, they lack ambiguity) and denotative.
Although we do not here have direct diachronic evidence, it seems that the are a few languages with monosemic affixes, and a lot with polysemic affixes which could imply that the move to polysemy is a case of diachronic development.
This accords with the nature of specialized discourse, which is the establishment of a monosemic and standardized semantic relationship between a concept and its linguistic designation (i.
Semantic maps allow one to deal with the problem of the multifunctionality of grammatical morphemes without having to decide between monosemic and polysemic analyses (Haspelmath 2003:211-213).