or an·a·lyt·i·cal

[ an-l-it-ik or an-l-it-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌæn lˈɪt ɪk or ˌæn lˈɪt ɪ kəl /


pertaining to or proceeding by analysis (opposed to synthetic).
skilled in or habitually using analysis.
(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).
Logic. (of a proposition) necessarily true because its denial involves a contradiction, as “All husbands are married.”
  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.

Nearby words

  1. analysis of variance,
  2. analysis situs,
  3. analyst,
  4. analyt.,
  5. analyte,
  6. analytic continuation,
  7. analytic geometry,
  8. analytic phonics,
  9. analytical,
  10. analytical balance

Origin of analytic

1580–90; < Medieval Latin analȳticus < Greek analȳtikós, equivalent to analy- (see analysis) + -tikos -tic

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British Dictionary definitions for analytically


analytical (ˌænəˈlɪtɪkəl)

/ (ˌænəˈlɪtɪk) /


relating to analysis
capable of or given to analysingan analytic mind
Also: isolating linguistics denoting languages, such as Chinese, whose morphology is characterized by analysisCompare synthetic (def. 3), agglutinative (def. 2), polysynthetic
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
Also: regular, holomorphic maths (of a function of a complex variable) having a derivative at each point of its domain
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 analytically



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

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Medicine definitions for analytically


[ ăn′ə-lĭtĭk ]


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

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