linguistic [ling-gwis-tik] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for linguistic on adjective

  1. of or belonging to language: linguistic change.
  2. of or relating to linguistics.

Origin of linguistic First recorded in 1830–40; linguist + -ic Related formslin·guis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·lin·guis·tic, adjectivepseu·do·lin·guis·tic, adjectivepseu·do·lin·guis·ti·cal·ly, adverb Related Words for linguistic grammatical, lingual, dialectal, phonetic, etymological, lexical, morphological, phonemic, phonological, syntactical Examples from the Web for linguistic Contemporary Examples of linguistic

  • It is a linguistic wish for the same kind of campaign that catapulted Barack Obama forward from the caucuses.

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    Ana Marie Cox

    September 15, 2014

  • And this linguistic difference means concrete battles over autism.

    “Autism Speaks”- but Should Everyone Listen?

    Emily Shire

    June 13, 2014

  • Here in Odessa, the conflict has nothing to do with a linguistic divide.

    Soviet-Style Sexual Politics Returns

    Will Cathcart

    May 19, 2014

  • Nugent’s recent slur against Obama is just one among many of the raging, aging rock star’s linguistic stylings.

    Nugent: President Obama Is ‘Subhuman Mongrel’

    Ben Jacobs

    February 19, 2014

  • He also pointed out that such unfortunate language “belongs to the linguistic repertoire of all political sides.”

    Why Do Italian Jews Tolerate Berlusconi’s Trivialization of the Holocaust?

    Anna Momigliano

    November 6, 2013

  • Historical Examples of linguistic

  • But on linguistic p. 6grounds, this extreme antiquity cannot be maintained.

    Grimhild’s Vengeance


  • “Saving my linguistic face,” he thought suddenly, and laughed again.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • At no period of Belgian history did any division follow the linguistic frontier.


    Emile Cammaerts

  • It has linguistic interest, the interest of origins, but no more.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory

    George Saintsbury

  • Linguistic revivals have, in fact, been well-nigh universal.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

    Robert E. Park

  • British Dictionary definitions for linguistic linguistic adjective

    1. of or relating to language
    2. of or relating to linguistics

    Derived Formslinguistically, adverb Word Origin and History for linguistic adj.

    1856, from French linguistique (1833); see linguist + -ic. The use of linguistic to mean “of or pertaining to language or languages” is “hardly justifiable etymologically,” according to OED, but “has arisen because lingual suggests irrelevant associations.” Related: linguistically.

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