Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to composition.
  • adj. Being the sum of its parts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. arranging or grouping

Etymologies

From composition +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Clogs are a four-person, part-time improvisational and part-time compositional from the US and the land down under, and while their instrumentation is somewhat folk in nature, their sound is very progressive.

    Tuesday = Track 2 (Music (For Robots))

  • I thus associate the compact world of the admirable hill-top, the world of a predominant golden-brown, with a general invocation of sensibility and fancy, and think of myself as going forth into the lingering light of summer evenings all attuned to intensity of the idea of compositional beauty, or in other words, freely speaking, to the question of colour, to intensity of picture.

    Italian Hours

  • A neo-davidsonian analysis that posits an event variable in the syntactic structure is a step towards the right kind of compositional, internalist semantics that linguistics should aspire for today.

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  • It would have been a perfect way to explore the medium, to use blog serialization as a kind of compositional pallete to write the novel.

    Novel Excerpt: World Fantasy | Goblin Mercantile Exchange

  • One sometimes says that Tarski's definition of satisfaction is compositional, meaning that the class of assignments which satisfy a compound formula F is determined solely by (1) the syntactic rule used to construct F from its immediate constituents and (2) the classes of assignments that satisfy these immediate constituents.

    Tarski's Truth Definitions

  • It's almost a kind of compositional sleight-of-hand, as Sting uses catchy melodies and pop-savvy arrangements to distract our attention away from just how crafty these songs are.

    Ten Summoner's Tales

  • Paired with a ton of angst, this is the kind of compositional precision that can only be attained by hiding away in a random shack in Canada.

    Washington Square News

  • All of them sounded completely fresh, and introduced unexpected elements such as compositional scores, dub effects, slurring trombones, operatic solos, homoerotic chanting and amateur percussionists into the disco matrix.

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  • Using a phased approach as a platform for improving sorghum over time, the company will use technologies such as compositional screening and analysis, marker assisted breeding and gene stacking to deploy proprietary feedstocks near term and ultimately to optimize sorghum for specific bioprocessors 'needs.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • The only major compositional change over this century was the decline in the fraction of mainline Protestants nationwide, so simply by chance more mainline Protestants would find nonmainline partners.

    American Grace

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