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Adjective: synthetic  sin'the-tik
  1. (chemistry) not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially
    "synthetic leather";
    - man-made, semisynthetic
  2. 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";
    - synthetical
  3. (linguistics) systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words
  4. (logic) of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts
    "'all men are arrogant' is a synthetic proposition";
    - synthetical
  5. Artificial as if portrayed in a film
    "a novel with flat synthetic characters";
    - celluloid
  6. Not genuine or natural
    "counterfeit rhetoric that flourishes when passions are synthetic"
Noun: synthetic  sin'the-tik
  1. A compound made artificially by chemical reactions
    - synthetic substance

Derived forms: synthetics

See also: a posteriori, agglutinative, artificial, counterfeit, imitative, inductive, logical, polysynthetic, unreal

Type of: chemical compound, compound

Antonym: analytic, uninflected

Encyclopedia: Synthetic