the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity (opposed to analysis).
a complex whole formed by combining.
Chemistry. the forming or building of a more complex substance or compound from elements or simpler compounds.
Philosophy. the third stage of argument in Hegelian dialectic, which reconciles the mutually contradictory first two propositions, thesis and antithesis.
Biology. modern synthesis, a consolidation of the results of various lines of investigation from the 1920s through the 1950s that supported and reconciled the Darwinian theory of evolution and the Mendelian laws of inheritance in terms of natural selection acting on genetic variation.
Psychology, Psychiatry. the integration of traits, attitudes, and impulses to create a total personality.
- syn·the·sist, noun
- non·syn·the·sis, noun, plural non·syn·the·ses.
- re·syn·the·sis, noun, plural re·syn·the·ses.
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How to use synthesis in a sentence
And what are the hypotheses which science frames in order to explain phenomena but syntheses of factors framed in consciousness?An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy | W. Tudor Jones
The agencies operative in the production of volatile acids and syntheses of esters are as yet undefined.The Book of Cheese | Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
We now proceed to consider the properties, syntheses, decompositions and constitution of the benzene complex.
But infinity of a series consists in the impossibility of its completion by successive syntheses.Landmarks of Scientific Socialism | Friedrich Engels
So that our work may not be split up and destroyed, we need definite syntheses that establish a structure of life.Life's Basis and Life's Ideal | Rudolf Eucken
British Dictionary definitions for synthesis
the process of combining objects or ideas into a complex whole: Compare analysis
the combination or whole produced by such a process
the process of producing a compound by a chemical reaction or series of reactions, usually from simpler or commonly available starting materials
linguistics the use of inflections rather than word order and function words to express the syntactic relations in a language: Compare analysis (def. 5)
philosophy archaic synthetic reasoning
(in the writings of Kant) the unification of one concept with another not contained in it: Compare analysis (def. 7)
the final stage in the Hegelian dialectic, that resolves the contradiction between thesis and antithesis
- synthesist, noun
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Scientific definitions for synthesis
The formation of a chemical compound through the combination of simpler compounds or elements.
- synthesize verb
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