Generally speaking, analytic (from Greek ἀναλυτικός - analytikos) refers to the "having the ability to analyze" or "division into elements or principles."

It can also have the following meanings:

Natural sciences


Social sciences

  • In psychology:
  • In sociology:
    • Analytic induction, the systematic examination of similarities between various social phenomena to develop concepts or ideas
    • Analytic frame, a detailed sketch or outline of some social phenomenon, representing initial idea of a scientist analyzing this phenomenon
  • In politics:
  • In linguistics:
    • Analytic language, a natural language in which most morphemes are free (separate), instead of fused together


  • A financial analytic is a standardized measurement of an asset's attributes.

Other areas

  • Analytical jurisprudence, the use of analytical reasoning to study legal theory
  • Analytic journalism
  • Analytic cubism, one of two major branches of the cubism artistic movement
  • Analytical skills
  • Analytical-Literal Translation, a very literal translation of the Bible

See also

  • Synthesis (disambiguation)
  • Analytical engine, a 19th century mechanical general-purpose computer designed by Charles Babbage
  • Analytical Society, a 19th century British group who promoted the use of Leibnizian or analytical calculus, as opposed to Newtonian calculus


  1. ^ Weisstein, Eric W. "Analytic." From MathWorld - A Wolfram Web Resource.

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  • analytic — [an΄ə lit′ik] adj. [ML analyticus < Gr analytikos < analytos, soluble: see ANALYSIS] 1. of analysis or analytics 2. that separates into constituent parts 3. skilled in or using analysis [an analytic mind] 4. Linguis. expressing syntactic… …   English World dictionary

  • Analytic — An a*lyt ic, Analytical An a*lyt ic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. analytique. See {Analysis}.] Of or pertaining to analysis; resolving into elements or constituent parts; as, an analytical experiment; opposed to {synthetic}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • analytic — analytic/synthetic analytical philosophy …   Philosophy dictionary

  • analytic — index deductive, discursive (analytical), logical Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • analytic — (adj.) c.1600, from M.L. analyticus, from Gk. analytikos analytical, from analytos dissolved (see ANALYSIS (Cf. analysis)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • analytic — / analytical [adj] examining and determining cogent, conclusive, detailed, diagnostic, discrete, dissecting, explanatory, expository, inquiring, inquisitive, interpretive, investigative, judicious, logical, organized, penetrating, perceptive,… …   New thesaurus

  • analytic — analytically, adv. /an l it ik/, adj. 1. pertaining to or proceeding by analysis (opposed to synthetic). 2. skilled in or habitually using analysis. 3. (of a language) characterized by a relatively frequent use of function words, auxiliary verbs …   Universalium

  • analytic — or analytical adjective Etymology: Late Latin analyticus, from Greek analytikos, from analyein Date: 1601 1. of or relating to analysis or analytics; especially separating something into component parts or constituent elements …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • analytic — adj. Analytic is used with these nouns: ↑method, ↑philosopher, ↑philosophy …   Collocations dictionary

  • analytic — [[t]æ̱nəlɪ̱tɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED Analytic means the same as analytical. [mainly AM] …   English dictionary