• enPR: lĕ'ksĭkəl, IPA: /ˈlɛksɪkəl/

lexical (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) Concerning the vocabulary, words, sentences or morphemes of a language
    • So, it seems clear that the idiosyncratic restrictions relating to the range of
      complements which a Preposition does or does not permit are directly analo-
      gous to the parallel restrictions which hold in the case of Verbs. The restric-
      tions concerned are not categorial in nature (i.e. they are not associated with
      every single item belonging to a given category): on the contrary, they are
      lexical in nature (that is to say, they are properties of individual lexical items,
      so that different words belonging to the same category permit a different range
      of complements).
  2. (linguistics) Concerning lexicography or a lexicon or dictionary
  3. (linguistics) Denoting a content word as opposed to a function word
    a lexical verb
  • lexic
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