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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Synthetic  \Syn*thet"ic\,  Synthetical  \Syn*thet"ic*al\,  a.  [Gr. 
  ?:  cf  F.  synth['e]tique.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  synthesis;  consisting  in  synthesis  or 
  composition;  as  the  synthetic  method  of  reasoning,  as 
  opposed  to  analytical. 
  Philosophers  hasten  too  much  from  the  analytic  to 
  the  synthetic  method;  that  is  they  draw  general 
  conclusions  from  too  small  a  number  of  particular 
  observations  and  experiments.  --Bolingbroke. 
  2.  (Chem.)  Artificial.  Cf  {Synthesis},  2. 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  Comprising  within  itself  structural  or  other 
  characters  which  are  usually  found  only  in  two  or  more 
  diverse  groups;  --  said  of  species,  genera,  and  higher 
  groups.  See  the  Note  under  {Comprehensive},  3. 
  {Synthetic},  or  {Synthetical  language},  an  inflectional 
  language,  or  one  characterized  by  grammatical  endings;  -- 
  opposed  to  {analytic  language}.  --R.  Morris. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  (chemistry)  not  of  natural  origin;  prepared  or  made 
  artificially;  "man-made  fibers";  "synthetic  leather" 
  [syn:  {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"- 
  P.S.Welch  [syn:  {synthetical}]  [ant:  {analytic}] 
  3:  (linguistics)  systematic  combining  of  root  and  modifying 
  elements  into  single  words  [ant:  {analytic}] 
  4:  (logic)  of  a  proposition;  having  a  truth  value  determined  by 
  observation  or  facts,  as  "all  men  are  arrogant"  [syn:  {synthetical}] 
  [ant:  {analytic}] 
  5:  artificial  as  if  portrayed  in  a  film;  "a  novel  with  flat 
  celluloid  characters"  [syn:  {celluloid}] 
  6:  not  genuine  or  natural;  "counterfeit  rhetoric  that 
  flourishes  when  passions  are  synthetic"-  George  Will 
  n  :  a  compound  made  artificially  by  chemical  reactions 

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