Pronunciation: (sin-kat"i-gôr"u-mat'ik, -gor"-),[key] —adj. 1. Traditional Logic.of or pertaining to a word that is part of a categorical proposition but is not a term, as all, some, is. 2. Contemporary Logic.of or pertaining to a word or symbol that has no independent meaning and acquires meaning only in the context of other words or symbols, as the symbol ( or the word of. Cf. term (def. 9).