adjective involving or of the nature of synthesis (combining separate elements to form a coherent whole) as opposed to analysis
- limnology is essentially a synthetic science composed of elements...that extend well beyond the limits of biology"- P.S.Welch
adjective of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts
- `all men are arrogant' is a synthetic proposition
Syn*thet"ic, Syn*thet"ic*al adjective
Gr. : cf. F. synthétique
- Of or pertaining to synthesis; consisting in synthesis or composition; as, the synthetic method of reasoning, as opposed to analytical.
Philosophers hasten too much from the analytic to the synthetic method; that is, they draw general conclusions from too small a number of particular observations and experiments.
- (Chem.) Artificial. Cf. Synthesis, 2.
- (Zoöl.) Comprising within itself structural or other characters which are usually found only in two or more diverse groups; -- said of species, genera, and higher groups. See the Note under Comprehensive, 3.
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