of, pertaining to, proceeding by, or involving synthesis (opposed to analytic).
noting or pertaining to compounds formed through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin:synthetic vitamins; synthetic fiber.
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).
PhilosophyAlso,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.
not real or genuine; artificial; feigned:a synthetic chuckle at a poor joke.
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.
Chemistrysomething made by a synthetic, or chemical, process.
substances or products made by chemical synthesis, as plastics or artificial fibers.
the science or industry concerned with such products.
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