Synthetic meaning

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(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.
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A synthetic chemical compound or material.
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Not real or genuine; artificial or insincere.

Synthetic enthusiasm.

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(chemistry) Produced by synthesis, especially not of natural origin.
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(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.
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(linguistics) Relating to or being a language, such as Latin or Russian, that uses inflectional affixes to express syntactic relationships.
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(linguis.) Characterized by the use of inflection to express grammatical relationships.

Russian is a synthetic language.

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A synthetic chemical compound or material.
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Something synthetic; specif., a substance produced by chemical synthesis.
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(chemistry) Produced by synthesis, especially not of natural origin.
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Produced artificially, especially in a laboratory or other man-made environment. Nylon is a synthetic chemical compound.
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Relating to, involving, or of the nature of synthesis.
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Of or relating to a financial instrument or investment that consists entirely of derivatives, especially swap contracts.
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Produced by synthesis; specif., produced by chemical synthesis, rather than of natural origin.
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Synthetic is defined as something made via a chemical reaction.

A fiber made in a factory as opposed to a natural fiber such as cotton is an example of a synthetic fiber.

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Of, or relating to synthesis.
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(chemistry) Produced by synthesis instead of being isolated from a natural source (but may be identical to a product so obtained).
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(grammar) Pertaining to the joining of bound morphemes in a word. Compare analytic.
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A synthetic compound.
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Of, involving, or using synthesis.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
synthetic
Plural:
synthetics

Origin of synthetic

  • Greek sunthetikos skilled in putting together, component from sunthetos combined from suntithenai to put together synthesis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek συνθετικός (sunthetikos).

    From Wiktionary