WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
syn•thet•ic /sɪnˈθɛtɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or relating to synthesis (opposed to analytic).
  2. of or relating to compounds, materials, etc., formed through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin:synthetic drugs.
  3. not real or genuine;
    artificial;
    false or pretended:a synthetic chuckle.

n. [countable]
  1. Chemistrysomething made by a synthetic, or chemical, process.
syn•thet•i•cal•ly, adv. See -thes-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
syn•thet•ic  (sin thetik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, proceeding by, or involving synthesis (opposed to analytic).
  2. noting or pertaining to compounds formed through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin:synthetic vitamins; synthetic fiber.
  3. Linguistics(of a language) characterized by a relatively widespread use of affixes, rather than separate words, to express syntactic relationships:Latin is a synthetic language, while English is analytic.Cf.  analytic (def. 3), polysynthetic (def. 1).
  4. PhilosophyAlso,  syn•theti•cal. [Logic.]of or pertaining to a noncontradictory proposition in which the predicate is not included in, or entailed by, the subject.
  5. not real or genuine;
    artificial;
    feigned:a synthetic chuckle at a poor joke.
  6. Jewelry
    • noting a gem mineral manufactured so as to be physically, chemically, and optically identical with the mineral as found in nature.
    • (not in technical use) noting a gem mineral manufactured and pigmented in imitation of a natural gemstone of that name.

n. 
  1. Chemistrysomething made by a synthetic, or chemical, process.
  2. Chemistrysynthetics. 
    • substances or products made by chemical synthesis, as plastics or artificial fibers.
    • the science or industry concerned with such products.
syn•theti•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Greek synthetikós, equivalent. to synthet(ós) placed together, verbid of syntithénai to put together (syn- syn- + the-, stem of tithénai to put, place + -tos verbid suffix) + -ikos -ic
  • Neo-Latin syntheticus
  • 1690–1700
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fake, phony, counterfeit, sham.

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