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analytical adj
1 using or skilled in using analysis (i.e., separating a whole--intellectual or substantial--into its elemental parts or basic principles); "an analytic experiment"; "an analytic approach"; "a keenly analytic man"; "analytical reasoning"; "an analytical mind" [syn: analytic] [ant: synthetic]
2 of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience; "`all spinsters are unmarried' is an analytic proposition" [syn: analytic] [ant: synthetic]

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Gr. ?: compare with French analytique. See Analysis.


IPA: WEAE /æn.ʌˈlɪt.ə.kəl/


  1. Of or pertaining to analysis; resolving into elements or constituent parts; as, an analytical experiment
  2. Analytic reasoning as opposed to synthetic.

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Extensive Definition

seealso Analysis Generally speaking, analytic (from Greek ἀναλυτικός - analytikos) refers to the "having the ability to analyze" or "division into elements or principles."



Set theory

Proof theory

Other areas




  • Analytic induction, the systematic examination of similarities between various social phenomena to develop concepts or ideas
  • Analytic frame, a detailed sketch or outline of some social phenomenon, representing initial idea of a scientist analyzing this phenomenon

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See also

  • Synthesis
  • Analytical engine, a 19th century mechanical general-purpose computer designed by Charles Babbage
  • Analytical Society, a 19th century British group who promoted the use of Leibnizian or analytical calculus, as opposed to Newtonian calculus


analytical in German: Analytik
analytical in Finnish: Analyyttinen

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