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Dictionary Definition

analytic adj
1 using or subjected to a methodology using algebra and calculus; "analytic statics"
2 using or skilled in using analysis (i.e., separating a whole--intellectual or substantial--into its elemental parts or basic principles); "an analytic experiment"; "an analytic approach"; "a keenly analytic man"; "analytical reasoning"; "an analytical mind" [syn: analytical] [ant: synthetic]
3 expressing a grammatical category by using two or more words rather than inflection [syn: uninflected] [ant: synthetic]
4 of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience; "`all spinsters are unmarried' is an analytic proposition" [syn: analytical] [ant: synthetic]

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  1. of, or relating to any form of analysis, or to analytics
  2. of, or relating to division into elements or principles
  3. having the ability to analyse
  4. (of a proposition) that follows necessarily; tautologous
  5. of, or relating to algebra or a similar method of analysis
  6. being defined in terms of objects of differential calculus such as derivatives
  7. using multiple simple words, instead of inflection


relating to analysis
relating to division into elements or principles
able to analyze
that follows necessarily
relating to algebra
defined in terms of differential calculus
using multiple simple words

Extensive Definition

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



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  • 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

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See also

  • Synthesis
  • 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


analytic in German: Analytik
analytic in Finnish: Analyyttinen

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