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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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Related Words for analytical

detailed, penetrating, systematic, scientific, thorough, diagnostic, analytic, cogent, investigative, rational, interpretive, conclusive, discrete, explanatory, expository, inquiring, inquisitive, judicious, logical, organized

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Historical Examples of analytical

  • The “Analytical Review” praised her in a long and leading criticism.

    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • Analytical or dogmatic, comparative, anecdotical or facetious?

    The English Stage

    Augustin Filon

  • Analytical anthropology has led to other and often unexpected results.

  • Analytical details as to the efficiency of this process have not been given.

  • Meantime the retainer goes round, like a gloomy Analytical Chemist: always seeming to say, after 'Chablis, sir?'

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for analytical


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 analytical


1520s, from Medieval Latin analyticus (see analytic) + -al (1). Related: Analytically.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

analytical 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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