[ si-nek-tiks ]
/ sɪˈnɛk tɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of creative processes, especially as applied to the solution of problems by a group of diverse individuals.

Origin of synectics

1960–65; synect(ic) continuous, (of a cause) direct (< Late Latin synecticus coherent < Greek synektikós, equivalent to synéch(ein) (see synechia) + -tikos -tic) + -ics


syn·ec·tic, adjectivesyn·ec·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for synectic

/ (sɪˈnɛktɪks) /


(functioning as singular) a method of identifying and solving problems that depends on creative thinking, the use of analogy, and informal conversation among a small group of individuals with diverse experience and expertise

Word Origin for synectics

C20: from syn- + ecto- + -ics, in the sense: working together from outside
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