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working together; cooperative.
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Origin of synergetic

1675–85; <Greek synergētikós, equivalent to syn-syn- + -ergētikos;see energetic
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What does synergetic mean?

Synergetic means working together or cooperative.

It can be used as another word for synergistic, which is used to describe things that produce, result from, or otherwise involve synergy. The word synergy refers to when an interaction of elements produces an effect that is greater than the effect that would have resulted from simply adding up the effects of each individual element.

In other words, synergy is what happens when a combination of things produces an effect or result that is said to be “greater than the sum of its parts.”

When you combine things—chemicals, ingredients, people—you often expect these things to interact in a certain way based on what has been included. But when something extra happens, something greater, this is synergy. Describing something as synergetic in this context implies that the magic is in the combination, as opposed to in the individual elements themselves.

Synergetic can be used to describe a combination that produces such an effect or things that work together in this way. It can also be used generally to describe things that work well together. A food critic might say that a particular dish is delicious due to its synergetic mixture of ingredients. A synergetic approach is one that incorporates different elements or groups to work together.

Synergy is also used in a more specific way in the context of medicine to refer to the cooperation of multiple body parts, such as muscles or nerves. It can also refer to the interaction of drugs or other stimuli. The things that cooperate in this way can be called synergists and their actions or effects can be described as synergistic or synergetic.

Another synonym of synergetic and synergistic is synergic.

Example: The synergetic cooperation between these departments has led to great success.

Where does synergetic come from?

The first records of the word synergetic come from around 1680. It comes from the Greek synergētikós, from syn-, meaning “together,” and érg(on), “work.” The root érg(on) is also the basis of words like energy, energetic, and ergonomics.

Synergetic is usually used in the context of things or people working together in a special, almost magical way. It can be used in all kinds of contexts. Describing something as synergetic often means that it has an intangible quality that’s produced by a combination that is said to be “greater than the sum of its parts.”

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What are some other forms of synergetic?

  • synergetically (adverb)
  • synergy (noun)

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How is synergetic used in real life?

Synergetic is typically used in a positive way in the discussion of things or people coming together to produce something great. Its synonym synergistic is more commonly used.



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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used to describe an effect that is said to be synergetic?

A. unsuccessful
B. magical
C. productive
D. effective

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British Dictionary definitions for synergetic



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another word for synergistic

Word Origin for synergetic

C17: from Greek sunergētikos, from syn- + -ergētikos, from ergon work; see energy
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Medical definitions for synergetic

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