Definition of analytic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈlidik/


1 another term for analytical.
Example sentences
  • And on some crucial questions Allen suffers from analytic myopia.
  • Newbigin looked at the West with a missionary's eye and asked a missionary's analytic questions.
  • The prospect of a second war on Iraq raises a large number of questions, analytic and political.
1.1 Logic True by virtue of the meaning of the words or concepts used to express it, so that its denial would be a self-contradiction. Compare with synthetic.
Example sentences
  • It is supposedly a hallmark of analytic truths that their denials are self-contradictory.
  • Contemporary philosophers recognize the possibility that sentences that express identities might be synthetic as opposed to analytic or true by definition.
  • The meaning of theoretical terms is not defined by analytic statements which are true by convention.
1.2 Linguistics (Of a language) tending not to alter the form of its words and to use word order rather than inflection or agglutination to express grammatical structure. Often contrasted with synthetic.
Example sentences
  • A later view, endorsed by Otto Jespersen, held that a fairly analytic language such as English represented the best and most evolved type of structure.
  • Donnellan's reason for thinking it indeterminate is that our present use of such an analytic sentence, while correct now, should not be expected to hold for all hypothetical cases.
  • So, the elaboration and use of the relatively more restricted lexical vocabulary consisting more of root words than derived ones (and more compounds than affixed words among derived ones) is only natural for analytic language speakers.


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek analutikos, from analuein 'unloose'. The term was adopted in the late 16th century as a noun denoting the branch of logic dealing with analysis, with specific reference to Aristotle's treatises on logic, the Analytics (Greek analutika).

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Syllabification: an·a·lyt·ic

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