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- (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.