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syn- +‎ categorematic


syncategorematic ‎(comparative more syncategorematic, superlative most syncategorematic)

  1. (linguistics, of a term) Needing other terms in order to make a meaningful constituent of language.
    In a logical theory, tautologies could be regarded as being syncategorematic and contingencies as being categorematic.
    • 2009, MacFarlane, John, “Logical Constants”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, accessed on 2012-05-07:
      In sum, it is not clear how the distinction between categorematic and syncategorematic terms, so natural in the framework of a term logic, can be extended to a post-Fregean function/argument conception of propositional structure.

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