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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.]
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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
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syn•tag•mat•ic(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).
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