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Not in accord with the rules of grammar.

un′gram·mat′i·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē) n.
un′gram·mat′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˌʌnɡrəˈmætɪkəl) or


(Grammar) (of a sentence) not regarded as correct by native speakers of the language
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(ˌʌn grəˈmæt ɪ kəl)

not conforming to the rules or principles of grammar or accepted usage.
un`gram•mat′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.ungrammatical - not grammatical; not conforming to the rules of grammar or accepted usage
well-formed, grammatical - conforming to the rules of grammar or usage accepted by native speakers; "spoke in grammatical sentences"
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[ˈʌngrəˈmætɪkəl] ADJincorrecto desde el punto de vista gramatical
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adjungrammatisch, grammatikalisch falsch; she does tend to be ungrammatical at timessie drückt sich manchmal grammatikalisch falsch aus
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[ˌʌngrəˈmætɪkl] adjsgrammaticato/a, scorretto/a
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