- of, pertaining to, proceeding by, or involving synthesis (opposed to analytic).
- noting or pertaining to compounds formed through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin: synthetic vitamins; synthetic fiber.
- (of a language) characterized by a relatively widespread use of affixes, rather than separate words, to express syntactic relationships: Latin is a synthetic language, while English is analytic.Compare analytic(def 3), polysynthetic(def 1).
- Also syn·thet·i·cal. Logic. of or relating to a noncontradictory proposition in which the predicate is not included in, or entailed by, the subject.
- not real or genuine; artificial; feigned: a synthetic chuckle at a poor joke.
- noting a gem mineral manufactured so as to be physically, chemically, and optically identical with the mineral as found in nature.
- (not in technical use) noting a gem mineral manufactured and pigmented in imitation of a natural gemstone of that name.
- something made by a synthetic, or chemical, process.
- substances or products made by chemical synthesis, as plastics or artificial fibers.
- the science or industry concerned with such products.
Origin of synthetic
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Examples from the Web for synthetical
Conjunction is the representation of the synthetical unity of the manifold.
Now what is this tertium quid that is to be the medium of all synthetical judgements?
With what synthetical power he refuted the Homoiousian theory.Talkers</p>
It was some kind of synthetical air-knowledge that he sought.The Promise of Air</p>
The bases of the science which he created are contained in a synthetical table.Delsarte System of Oratory
- (of a substance or material) made artificially by chemical reaction
- not genuine; insinceresynthetic compassion
- denoting languages, such as Latin, whose morphology is characterized by synthesisCompare polysynthetic, agglutinative (def. 2), analytic (def. 3)
- a synthetic substance or material
Word Origin and History for synthetical
1690s, as a term in logic, from French synthétique (17c.), from Modern Latin syntheticus, from Greek synthetikos, from synthetos, past participle of syntithenai (see synthesis). From 1874 in reference to products or materials made artificially by chemical synthesis; hence "artificial" (1930).
- Relating to or involving synthesis.
- Produced by chemical synthesis, especially not of natural origin.
- A synthetic chemical compound or material.
- Produced artificially, especially in a laboratory or other man-made environment. Nylon is a synthetic chemical compound.