syntax error

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syntax error

[′sin‚taks ‚er·ər]
(computer science)
An error in the format of a statement in a computer program that violates the rules of the programming language employed. Also known as syntactic error.

syntax error

An error that occurs when a compiler or interpreter cannot understand the source code statement in order to generate machine code. Syntax errors and "semantic" errors are not the same. The syntax error is an incorrect construction of the source code, whereas a semantic error is erroneous logic that produces the wrong result when executed. See syntax, parse and semantic error.