- 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 synthetically
He must give all, not abstractly, but concretely, synthetically.Whitman
Karl's people are always purely and synthetically composite.The Streets of Ascalon
Robert W. Chambers
Later may come the comfort of joining the two classes, synthetically, thereby making the rounded and completed artist.Seed Thoughts for Singers
Frank Herbert Tubbs
Certain propensities of human nature are assumed; and from these premises the whole science of politics is synthetically deduced!The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
For the first time the impression of movement was synthetically produced from different elements.The Photoplay
- (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 synthetically
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.