lexical meaning


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lexical meaning

n
(Linguistics) the meaning of a word in relation to the physical world or to abstract concepts, without reference to any sentence in which the word may occur. Compare grammatical meaning, content word

lex′ical mean′ing


n.
the meaning of a base morpheme or word, independent of its use within a construction. Compare grammatical meaning.
[1930–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lexical meaning - the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
content word, open-class word - a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned
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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Then he deduces the lexical meaning relation hyponomy from the just-mentioned relations between sentences.
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