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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


Antonymsnatural

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.


Synonymssynthetical


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.


Synonymssynthetical


See alsoa posteriori, inductive, logical


Domain categorylogic


Antonymsanalytical, analytic

5. synthetic artificial as if portrayed in a film


SamplesA novel with flat celluloid characters.


Synonymscelluloid


Similarartificial, unreal


Antonymsnatural

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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