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Pronunciation: se-man'tiks


  1. The study of the significance and development of the meaning of words.
  2. The study concerned with the relations between signs and their referents; the relations between the signs of a system; and human behavioral reaction to signs, including unconscious attitudes, influences of social institutions, and epistemologic and linguistic assumptions.

[G. semaino, to show]

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