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[lek-si-kuh l] /ˈlɛk sɪ kəl/

of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language, especially as distinguished from its grammatical and syntactical aspects.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a .
of or relating to items of vocabulary in a language
of or relating to a lexicon

1833, from Greek lexikos “pertaining to words” (see lexicon) + -al (1). Related: Lexically.


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