Synthetic

Definition of Synthetic

Syn`thet´ic
a.1.Of or pertaining to synthesis; consisting in synthesis or composition; as, the synthetic method of reasoning, as opposed to analytical.
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.
2.(Chem.) Artificial. Cf. Synthesis, 2.
3.(Zool.) 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.
Synthetic language
an inflectional language, or one characterized by grammatical endings; - opposed to analytic language.
- R. Morris.

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