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Of or relating to the relationship between linguistic units in a construction or sequence, as between the (n) and adjacent sounds in not, ant, and ton. The identity of a linguistic unit within a language is described by a combination of its syntagmatic and its paradigmatic relations.

[French syntagmatique, from Greek suntagmatikos, arranged, put in order, from suntagma, suntagmat-, arrangement, syntactic unit; see syntagma.]


1. (Linguistics) of or denoting a syntagma
2. (Linguistics) linguistics Also: syntagmic denoting or concerning the relationship between a word and other members of a syntactic unit containing it


(ˌsɪn tægˈmæt ɪk)

pertaining to or being a relationship among linguistic elements that occur sequentially, as the relationship between the sun and is shining or the and sun in The sun is shining. Compare paradigmatic (def. 2).
[1935–40; < French syntagmatique (1916); see syntagma, -ic]
syn`tag•mat′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.syntagmatic - related as members of a syntagma; "syntagmatic word associations"
paradigmatic - related as members of a substitution class; "paradigmatic word associations"


[ˌsɪntægˈmætɪk] ADJsintagmático
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According to Hodge and Kress, these basic linguistic forms, actionals (in which the subject of a sentence acts in some way, possibly on an object of the action), and relationals (expressing a relationship between entities), constitute syntagmic models to classify events in the world.