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English adjective: synthetic

1. synthetic not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially

SamplesMan-made fibers.
Synthetic leather.

Synonymsman-made, semisynthetic

Similarartificial, unreal

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry


2. synthetic involving or of the nature of synthesis (combining separate elements to form a coherent whole) as opposed to analysis

SamplesLimnology is essentially a synthetic science composed of elements...that extend well beyond the limits of biology.


Antonymsanalytical, analytic

3. synthetic systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words

Similaragglutinative, polysynthetic

Domain categorylinguistics

Antonymsanalytic, uninflected

4. synthetic of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts

Samples`all men are arrogant' is a synthetic proposition.


See alsoa posteriori, inductive, logical

Domain categorylogic

Antonymsanalytical, analytic

5. synthetic artificial as if portrayed in a film

SamplesA novel with flat celluloid characters.


Similarartificial, unreal


6. synthetic not genuine or natural

SamplesCounterfeit rhetoric that flourishes when passions are synthetic.

Similarcounterfeit, imitative

Antonymsecht, genuine

English noun: synthetic

1. synthetic (substance) a compound made artificially by chemical reactions

Synonymssynthetic substance

Broader (hypernym)chemical compound, compound

Narrower (hyponym)phosphor, Plasticine, rubber, synthetic rubber

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