Synthetic language

Synthetic language
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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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