Definitions for syntheticsɪnˈθɛt ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

syn•thet•icsɪnˈθɛt ɪk(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, proceeding by, or involving synthesis

    Ref: (opposed to analytic 1 ).

  2. pertaining to or denoting compounds, materials, etc., formed through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin:

    synthetic fiber; synthetic drugs.

  3. not real or genuine; artificial; feigned:

    a synthetic chuckle.

  4. (of a language) characterized by the use of affixes, rather than separate words, to express syntactic relationships, as Latin.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: Compare analytic (def. 3), 3 polysynthetic . 1

  5. Also, syn•thet′i•cal.Logic. of or pertaining to a noncontradictory proposition in which the predicate is not included in, or entailed by, the subject.

    Category: Philosphy

  6. noting a gem mineral manufactured so as to be physically, chemically, and optically identical with the mineral as found in nature.

    Category: Jewelry

  7. (n.)something made by a synthetic, or chemical, process.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of synthetic:

1690–1700; < NL syntheticus < Gk synthetikós=synthet(ós) placed together, v. adj. of syntithénai to put together (see synthesis ) +-ikos -ic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. synthetic, synthetic substance(adj)

    a compound made artificially by chemical reactions

  2. man-made, semisynthetic, synthetic(adj)

    not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially

    "man-made fibers"; "synthetic leather"

  3. synthetic, synthetical(adj)

    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

  4. synthetic(adj)

    systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words

  5. synthetic, synthetical(adj)

    of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts

    "`all men are arrogant' is a synthetic proposition"

  6. celluloid, synthetic(adj)

    artificial as if portrayed in a film

    "a novel with flat celluloid characters"

  7. synthetic(adj)

    not genuine or natural

    "counterfeit rhetoric that flourishes when passions are synthetic"- George Will

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. synthetic(adjective)ɪnˈθɛt ɪk

    made by humans, not from nature

    synthetic fibers/rubber


  1. synthetic(Noun)

    A synthetic compound.

  2. synthetic(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to synthesis.

  3. synthetic(Adjective)

    Produced by synthesis instead of being isolated from a natural source (but may be identical to a product so obtained).

  4. synthetic(Adjective)

    Artificial, not genuine.

  5. synthetic(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the joining of bound morphemes in a word. Compare analytic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Synthetic(adj)

    alt. of Synthetical

Translations for synthetic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a substance) produced artificially by a chemical process

nylon and other synthetic materials / synthetics.

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