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[si-nek-tiks] /sɪˈnɛk tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the study of creative processes, especially as applied to the solution of problems by a group of diverse individuals.
Origin of synectics
1960-65; synect(ic) continuous, (of a cause) direct (< Late Latin synecticus coherent < Greek synektikós, equivalent to synéch(ein) (see synechia) + -tikos -tic) + -ics
Related forms
synectic, adjective
synectically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for synectics


(functioning as sing) a method of identifying and solving problems that depends on creative thinking, the use of analogy, and informal conversation among a small group of individuals with diverse experience and expertise
Word Origin
C20: from syn- + ecto- + -ics, in the sense: working together from outside
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Contemporary definitions for synectics

a group technique for problem-solving and innovation by creative and lateral thinking

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