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Borrowed from French sémantique.

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  • IPA(key): /sɪˈmæntɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -æntɪk

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semantic (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to semantics or the meanings of words. [from late 19th c.]
  2. (software design, of code) Reflecting intended structure and meaning.
  3. (slang, of a detail or distinction) Petty or trivial; (of a person or statement) quibbling, niggling.

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semantic (plural semantics)

  1. (linguistics) In such writing systems as the Chinese writing system, the portion of a phono-semantic character that provides an indication of its meaning; contrasted with phonetic.
    • 2005, Friedrich Alexander Bischoff, Yinglin Wang, San tzu ching explicated, the classical initiation to classic Chinese couplet I to XI, page 21:
      Its semantic is polysyllabic, viz. it uses the word formations of spoken Chinese.
    • 2013, William S-Y. Wang, Love and War in Ancient China: Voices from the Shijing, page 25:
      In this particular case, the semantic is on the left of its host sinogram.
    • 2017, Vladimir Skultety, Understanding Chinese Characters:
      The 亻(人) ren2 'person' semantic has been replaced by 氵(水) shui3 'water' semantic in浸, but帚 zhou3 'broom' has phonetically or semantically nothing to do with 浸 and is just a residue of 侵 after亻(人) ren2 'person' has been removed.

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