Synesis Definition

A grammatical construction which conforms to the meaning rather than to strict syntactic agreement or reference (Ex.: Has everyone washed their hands?)
Webster's New World
A construction in which a form, such as a pronoun, differs in number but agrees in meaning with the word governing it, as in If the group becomes too large, we can split them in two.
American Heritage

Origin of Synesis

  • Greek sunesis union, understanding from sunīenai to understand, bring together sun- syn- hīenai to send, hurl yē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ancient Greek σύνεσις (sunesis, “unification, meeting").

    From Wiktionary

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