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grammatical meaning

n
(Grammar) the meaning of a word by reference to its function within a sentence rather than to a world outside the sentence. Compare lexical meaning, function word

grammat′ical mean′ing


n.
the meaning expressed by an inflectional ending or some other grammatical device, as word order. Compare lexical meaning.
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Noun1.grammatical meaning - the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
closed-class word, function word - a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
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