synectics

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. synechia,
  2. synechiotomy,
  3. synechism,
  4. synecious,
  5. synecology,
  6. synectics group,
  7. synencephalocele,
  8. syneresis,
  9. synergetic,
  10. synergic

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

Related formssyn·ec·tic, adjectivesyn·ec·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for synectic

synectics

/ (sɪˈnɛktɪks) /

noun

(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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