- noting a gem mineral manufactured so as to be physically, chemically, and optically identical with the mineral as found in nature.
- (not in technical use) noting a gem mineral manufactured and pigmented in imitation of a natural gemstone of that name.
- substances or products made by chemical synthesis, as plastics or artificial fibers.
- the science or industry concerned with such products.
Origin of synthetic
Examples from the Web for synthetical
Thus metaphysics, according to the proper aim of the science, consists merely of synthetical propositions a priori.
For the same reason is it true that from categories alone no synthetical proposition can be made.
"A straight line between two points is the shortest," is a synthetical proposition.
The proper problem of pure reason, then, is contained in the question: "How are synthetical judgements a priori possible?"
To Kant the fundamental condition was given in the synthetical unity of consciousness.
British Dictionary definitions for synthetical
adjective Also: synthetical
Word Origin for synthetic
Word Origin and History for synthetical
1690s, as a term in logic, from French synthétique (17c.), from Modern Latin syntheticus, from Greek synthetikos, from synthetos, past participle of syntithenai (see synthesis). From 1874 in reference to products or materials made artificially by chemical synthesis; hence "artificial" (1930).