What does Grammatical mean?

Definitions for Grammatical
grəˈmæt ɪ kəlgram·mat·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grammatical, grammaticadjective

    of or pertaining to grammar

    "the grammatic structure of a sentence"; "grammatical rules"; "grammatical gender"

  2. grammatical, well-formedadjective

    conforming to the rules of grammar or usage accepted by native speakers

    "spoke in grammatical sentences"


  1. grammaticaladjective

    Acceptable as a correct sentence or clause as determined by the rules and conventions of the grammar, or morpho-syntax of the language.

    Your writing is not grammatical enough for publication.

  2. grammaticaladjective

    Of or pertaining to grammar.

    My friend used a grammatical textbook to support her argument.

  3. Etymology: From grammaticalis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Grammaticaladjective

    Etymology: grammatical, Fr. grammaticus, Latin.

    The beauty of virtue still being set before their eyes, and that taught them with far more diligent care than grammatical rules. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    I shall take the number of consonants, not from the grammatical alphabets of any language, but from the diversity of sounds framed by single articulations with appulse. William Holder.

    They seldom know more than the grammatical construction, unless born with a poetical genius. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.


  1. grammatical

    In linguistics, grammaticality is determined by the conformity to language usage as derived by the grammar of a particular speech variety. The notion of grammaticality rose alongside the theory of generative grammar, the goal of which is to formulate rules that define well-formed, grammatical, sentences. These rules of grammaticality also provide explanations of ill-formed, ungrammatical sentences.In theoretical linguistics, a speaker's judgement on the well-formedness of a linguistic 'string'—called a grammaticality judgement—is based on whether the sentence is interpreted in accordance with the rules and constraints of the relevant grammar. If the rules and constraints of the particular lect are followed, then the sentence is judged to be grammatical. In contrast, an ungrammatical sentence is one that violates the rules of the given language variety. Linguists use grammaticality judgements to investigate the syntactic structure of sentences. Generative linguists are largely of the opinion that for native speakers of natural languages, grammaticality is a matter of linguistic intuition, and reflects the innate linguistic competence of speakers. Therefore, generative linguists attempt to predict grammaticality judgements exhaustively. Grammaticality judgements are largely based on an individual's linguistic intuition, and it has been pointed out that humans have the ability to understand as well as produce an infinitely large number of new sentences that have never been seen before. This allows us to accurately judge a sentence as grammatical or ungrammatical, even if it is a completely novel sentence.


  1. grammatical

    Grammatical refers to anything pertaining or conforming to the rules of grammar. It involves the correct use of language according to its syntax, morphology, phonology and semantics. If a sentence or word is noted as grammatical, it implies that it adheres to the established principles and guidelines of the applicable language system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grammaticaladjective

    of or pertaining to grammar; of the nature of grammar; as, a grammatical rule

  2. Grammaticaladjective

    according to the rules of grammar; grammatically correct; as, the sentence is not grammatical; the construction is not grammatical

  3. Etymology: [L. grammaticus, grammaticalis; Gr. skilled in grammar, knowing one's letters, from a letter: cf. F. grammatical. See Grammar.]

Editors Contribution

  1. grammatical

    Relating to grammar.

    The grammatical part of the sentence was accurate.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Grammatical in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Grammatical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Grammatical in a Sentence

  1. Stanislaw Lec:

    There are grammatical errors even in his silence.

  2. e. e. cummings, on the death of Warren G. Harding, 1923:

    The only man, woman, or child who ever wrote a simple declarative sentence with seven grammatical errors is dead.

  3. Amos Bronson Alcott:

    Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression.

  4. The FBI:

    In its increasingly strange attempt to thwart publication of the memo, the committee minority is now complaining about minor edits to the memo, including grammatical fixes and two edits requested by the FBI and by the minority themselves.

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