from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to analysis or analytics.
  • adjective Expert in or using analysis, especially in thinking: synonym: logical.
  • adjective Dividing into elemental parts or basic principles.
  • adjective Reasoning or acting from a perception of the parts and interrelations of a subject.
  • adjective Logic Following necessarily; tautologous.
  • adjective Using, subjected to, or capable of being subjected to a methodology involving algebra or other methods of mathematical analysis.
  • adjective Proving a known truth by reasoning from that which is to be proved.
  • adjective Linguistics Expressing a grammatical function by using two or more words instead of an inflected form.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun (only in the first form).
  • noun One of the main divisions of logic, which treats of the criteria for distinguishing good and bad arguments.
  • noun Analysis in the mathematical sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Medieval Latin analyticus, from Greek analutikos, from analūein, to resolve; see analysis.]


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