Synthetic
Synthetic Syn*thet"ic, Synthetical Syn*thet"ic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. synth['e]tique.] 1. Of or pertaining to synthesis; consisting in synthesis or composition; as, the synthetic method of reasoning, as opposed to analytical. [1913 Webster]

Philosophers hasten too much from the analytic to the synthetic method; that is, they draw general conclusions from too small a number of particular observations and experiments. --Bolingbroke. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) Artificial. Cf. {Synthesis}, 2. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Comprising within itself structural or other characters which are usually found only in two or more diverse groups; -- said of species, genera, and higher groups. See the Note under {Comprehensive}, 3. [1913 Webster]

{Synthetic language}, or {Synthetical language}, an inflectional language, or one characterized by grammatical endings; -- opposed to {analytic language}. --R. Morris. [1913 Webster]


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  • synthetic — [sin thet′ik] adj. [Fr synthétique < Gr synthetikos] 1. of, involving, or using synthesis 2. produced by synthesis; specif., produced by chemical synthesis, rather than of natural origin 3. not real or genuine; artificial 4. Linguis.… …   English World dictionary

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  • synthetic — synthetically, adv. /sin thet ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, proceeding by, or involving synthesis (opposed to analytic). 2. noting or pertaining to compounds formed through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural… …   Universalium

  • synthetic — I. adjective Etymology: Greek synthetikos of composition, component, from syntithenai to put together Date: 1697 1. relating to or involving synthesis ; not analytic < the synthetic aspects of a philosophy > 2. attributing to a subject something… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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