A fiber made in a factory as opposed to a natural fiber such as cotton is an example of asynthetic fiber.
- of, involving, or using synthesis
- produced by synthesis; specif., produced by chemical synthesis, rather than of natural origin
- not real or genuine; artificial or insincere: synthetic enthusiasm
- Linguis. characterized by the use of inflection to express grammatical relationships: Russian is a synthetic language
- Logic true not by virtue of the meaning of its component terms alone but by virtue of observation, and with its denial not resulting in self-contradiction
Origin of syntheticFrench synthétique from Classical Greek synthetikos
- Relating to, involving, or of the nature of synthesis.
- Chemistry Produced by synthesis, especially not of natural origin.
- a. Prepared or made artificially: synthetic leather.b. Not natural or genuine; artificial or contrived: “counterfeit rhetoric that flourishes when passions are synthetic” ( George F. Will )
- Linguistics Relating to or being a language, such as Latin or Russian, that uses inflectional affixes to express syntactic relationships.
- Logic & Philosophy Relating to or being a proposition that attributes to a subject a predicate not inherent in the subject and that does not result in a contradiction if negated.
- Of or relating to a financial instrument or investment that consists entirely of derivatives, especially swap contracts.
Origin of syntheticGreek sunthetikos skilled in putting together, component from sunthetos combined from suntithenai to put together ; see synthesis .
(comparative more synthetic, superlative most synthetic)
- A synthetic compound.
From Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ…Î½Î¸ÎµÏ„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (sunthetikos).