Synesis meaning

sĭn'ĭ-sĭs
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.
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A grammatical construction which conforms to the meaning rather than to strict syntactic agreement or reference (Ex.: Has everyone washed their hands?)
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(grammar) A grammatical construction in which a word takes the gender or number not of the word with which it should regularly agree, but of some other implied word, as in: "If the band are popular, they will play next month."
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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