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Noun: analysis (analyses)  u'na-lu-sis
  1. An investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole
  2. The abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
    - analytic thinking
  3. A form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analysed
  4. The use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., 'the father of the bride' instead of 'the bride's father'
  5. (mathematics) a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation
  6. A set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud
    "his physician recommended analysis";
    - psychoanalysis, depth psychology

Derived forms: analyses

Type of: abstract thought, calculus, criticism, expressive style, infinitesimal calculus, investigating, investigation, literary criticism, logical thinking, psychotherapy, reasoning, style

Antonym: synthesis

Encyclopedia: Analysis, Philosophical