Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to analysis or analytics.
  • adj. Dividing into elemental parts or basic principles.
  • adj. Reasoning or acting from a perception of the parts and interrelations of a subject: "Many of the most serious pianists have turned toward more analytic playing, with a renewed focus on the architecture and ideas of music” ( Annalyn Swan).
  • adj. Expert in or using analysis, especially in thinking: an analytic mind; an analytic approach. See Synonyms at logical.
  • adj. Logic Following necessarily; tautologous: an analytic truth.
  • adj. Mathematics Using, subjected to, or capable of being subjected to a methodology involving algebra or other methods of mathematical analysis.
  • adj. Mathematics Proving a known truth by reasoning from that which is to be proved.
  • adj. Linguistics Expressing a grammatical category by using two or more words instead of an inflected form.
  • adj. Psychoanalytic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to any form of analysis, or to analytics
  • adj. of, or relating to division into elements or principles
  • adj. having the ability to analyse
  • adj. (of a proposition) that follows necessarily; tautologous
  • adj. of, or relating to algebra or a similar method of analysis
  • adj. being defined in terms of objects of differential calculus such as derivatives
  • adj. using multiple simple words, instead of inflection

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to analysis; resolving into elements or constituent parts; ; -- opposed to synthetic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to, of the nature of, or operating by analysis: opposed to synthetic, synthetical: as, an analytic mode of thought.
  • In the Kantian logic, explicatory; involving a mere analysis or explication of knowledge, and not any material addition to it.
  • In philology, deficient in inflections, and employing instead particles and auxiliary words to express modifications of meaning and to show the relations of words in a sentence: as, an analytic language.
  • n. (only in the first form).
  • n. One of the main divisions of logic, which treats of the criteria for distinguishing good and bad arguments.
  • n. Analysis in the mathematical sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. using or skilled in using analysis (i.e., separating a whole--intellectual or substantial--into its elemental parts or basic principles)
  • adj. of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience
  • adj. using or subjected to a methodology using algebra and calculus
  • adj. expressing a grammatical category by using two or more words rather than inflection

Etymologies

Medieval Latin analyticus, from Greek analutikos, from analūein, to resolve; see analysis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In particular, Professor Dyson concludes that I believe that only research which "reduces complicated phenomena to their simpler component parts," what he calls analytic science, "is worthy of the name of science."

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  • I am by no means well-read enough in analytic philosophy to assess these posts in technical terms, although I do think I know enough to follow along and perhaps make a few comments from a purely literary perspective.

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  • In order to explore these questions we must at least separate the clearly analytic from the synthetic propositions.

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  • One thing that particularly bothers me is that the terms analytic philosophers usually use in their analyses -- intuition, proposition, property, sortal, etc. -- are in fact far more vague and ambiguous than the things they are usually analyzing.

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  • Several different senses of the word analytic are thus conflated in the designation analytic number theory

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  • I think there’s quite a lot of room for foundational criticism in analytic philosophy.

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  • And the DNI has created something called analytic space, or A space, for short.

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  • The goal is to provide a general-purpose platform that can allow any number of so-called analytic tools to sift the structured data for patterns and trends.

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  • I do not mean to imply that prior to the written word analytic thought was not possible.

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  • Reichenbach's mature views on the notion of analytic truth were complex.

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