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a. The combining of distinct parts or elements to form a whole.
b. The manner in which such parts are combined or related.
c. General makeup: the changing composition of the electorate.
d. The result or product of composing; a mixture or compound.
2. Arrangement of artistic parts so as to form a unified whole.
a. The art or act of composing a musical or literary work.
b. A work of music, literature, or art, or its structure or organization.
4. A short essay, especially one written as an academic exercise.
5. Law A settlement whereby the creditors of a debtor about to enter bankruptcy agree, in return for some financial consideration, usually proffered immediately, to the discharge of their respective claims on receipt of payment which is in a lesser amount than that actually owed on the claim.
6. Linguistics The formation of compounds from separate words.
7. Printing Typesetting.

[Middle English composicioun, from Old French composition, from Latin compositiō, compositiōn-, from compositus, past participle of compōnere, to put together; see component.]

com′po·si′tion·al adj.
com′po·si′tion·al·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.compositional - arranging or grouping
integrative - combining and coordinating diverse elements into a whole


[ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃənl] ADJ [skill, style] → de composición


adjKompositions-; compositional styleKompositionsstil m
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This series is now up to its seventeenth CD, and has been successful in exposing a large part of Skalkottas' compositional output.
Scholars often debate the source of inspiration for this artistic vision and how Copland achieved his compositional style, with each argument contributing to a richer understanding of the composer's works.
He supports the view by looking at the passage's immediate compositional context in the Pentateuch and its broader compositional context, the Tanak.
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Our ability to comprehend a potential infinity of nonsynonymous expressions suggests that natural language is compositional, consisting of a finite number of primitive expressions together with a finite number of recursive rules for constructing complex expressions from these primitives.
As a pioneer in performing arts for more than 40 years, Meredith Monk has accumulated a lot of stuff--programs, reviews, notes, notations, photographs, compositional scores, videos from rehearsals .
However for many students, it would have been useful to provide a list of the original pieces or a short essay on compositional techniques used by each composer.