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or an·a·lyt·i·cal

[an-l-it-ik or an-l-it-i-kuh l]
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  1. pertaining to or proceeding by analysis (opposed to synthetic).
  2. skilled in or habitually using analysis.
  3. (of a language) characterized by a relatively frequent use of function words, auxiliary verbs, and changes in word order to express syntactic relations, rather than of inflected forms.Compare synthetic(def 3), polysynthetic(def 1).
  4. Logic. (of a proposition) necessarily true because its denial involves a contradiction, as “All husbands are married.”
  5. Mathematics.
    1. (of a function of a complex variable) having a first derivative at all points of a given domain; holomorphic; regular.
    2. (of a curve) having parametric equations that represent analytic functions.
    3. (of a proof) using analysis.
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Origin of analytic

1580–90; < Medieval Latin analȳticus < Greek analȳtikós, equivalent to analy- (see analysis) + -tikos -tic
Related formsan·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·an·a·lyt·ic, adjectivenon·an·a·lyt·i·cal, adjectivenon·an·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·an·a·lyt·ic, adjectiveo·ver·an·a·lyt·i·cal, adjectiveo·ver·an·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·an·a·lyt·ic, adjectivesem·i·an·a·lyt·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·an·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverbun·an·a·lyt·ic, adjectiveun·an·a·lyt·i·cal, adjectiveun·an·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverb
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analytical, investigative, inquiring, rational, sound, systematic

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analytical (ˌænəˈlɪtɪkəl)

  1. relating to analysis
  2. capable of or given to analysingan analytic mind
  3. Also: isolating linguistics denoting languages, such as Chinese, whose morphology is characterized by analysisCompare synthetic (def. 3), agglutinative (def. 2), polysynthetic
  4. logic (of a proposition)
    1. true by virtue of the meanings of the words alone without reference to the facts, as all spinsters are unmarried
    2. true or false by virtue of meaning alone; so all spinsters are married is analytically falseCompare synthetic (def. 4), a priori
  5. Also: regular, holomorphic maths (of a function of a complex variable) having a derivative at each point of its domain
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Derived Formsanalytically, adverb

Word Origin for analytic

C16: via Late Latin from Greek analutikos from analuein to dissolve, break down; see analysis
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Word Origin and History for analytic


c.1600, from Medieval Latin analyticus, from Greek analytikos "analytical," from analytos "dissolved" (see analysis).

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analytic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to analysis or analytics.
  2. Expert in or using analysis, especially one who thinks in a logical manner.
  3. Psychoanalytic.
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