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syn·tax  audio  (sntks) KEY 

    1. The study of the rules whereby words or other elements of sentence structure are combined to form grammatical sentences.
    2. A publication, such as a book, that presents such rules.
    3. The pattern of formation of sentences or phrases in a language.
    4. Such a pattern in a particular sentence or discourse.
  1. Computer Science The rules governing the formation of statements in a programming language.
  2. A systematic, orderly arrangement.

French syntaxe, from Late Latin syntaxis, from Greek suntaxis, from suntassein, to put in order : sun-, syn- + tassein, tag-, to arrange

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