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A construction in which a form, such as a pronoun, differs in number but agrees in meaning with the word governing it, as in If the group becomes too large, we can split them in two.

[Greek sunesis, union, understanding, from sunīenai, to understand, bring together : sun-, syn- + hīenai, to send, hurl; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]


(Grammar) a grammatical construction in which the inflection or form of a word is conditioned by the meaning rather than the syntax, as for example the plural form have with the singular noun group in the sentence the group have already assembled
[via New Latin from Greek sunesis union, from sunienai to bring together, from syn- + hienai to send]


(ˈsɪn ə sɪs)

a construction in which an expected grammatical agreement in form is replaced by an agreement in meaning, as in The crowd rose to their feet, where a plural pronoun is used to refer to a singular noun.
[1890–95; < New Latin < Greek sýnesis understanding = syn(i)-é(nai) to bring together, perceive, understand (syn- syn- + hiénai to throw, send) + -sis -sis]


the practice of using a grammatical construction that conforms with meaning rather than with strict regard for syntax, such as a plural form of a verb following a singular subject that has a plural meaning.
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Nurses at Lend Lease Primelife were previously covered under the Notional Agreement Preserving a State Award (NAPSA), so without a new Agreement they would have moved to the new Nurses' Award 2010 that came into effect on 1 January 2010.
Webster's Dictionary of English Usage calls it notional agreement and defines it as "agreement of a verb with its subject or of a pronoun with its antecedent in accordance with the notion of number rather than with the presence of an overt grammatical marker for that notion".
The idea of notional agreement lets you write sentences that sound logical and right and do not strain after an artificial correctness.
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When WorkChoices came in, it took the majority of nurses working in aged care and private hospitals from the state IR system to the federal IR system, along with their Award, which became known as NAPSA--a Notional Agreement Preserving a State Award.
According to NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes, SOS is suspected of failing to pay nurses' minimum entitlements under the Nurses Other than in Hospitals (Notional Agreement Preserving State Award)--including the minimum travel allowance per kilometre.
Now the pay and conditions of aged care nurses are contained in what's called a Notional Agreement Preserving a State Award (NAPSA).
Most nurses working in the private sector will have their parental leave entitlements contained in a Notional Agreement Preserving State Award (which is the Federal Government's term for the existing state awards) or Preserved State Agreements.
Your current Award conditions are now under WorkChoices and pay and conditions for aged care nurses are contained in what's called a Notional Agreement Preserving a State Award (NAPSA).
A Nursing Industry Award--as proposed by the ANF--would replace 50 federal awards and 50 'Notional Agreements Preserving State Awards'.