Definition of synectics in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈnektiks/

plural noun

[treated as singular] trademark
A problem-solving technique that seeks to promote creative thinking, typically among small groups of people of diverse experience and expertise.
Example sentences
  • The learners will be able to use the synectics to jump start the creative process and find ‘fresh’ views to solving problems.
  • Graphic organizers may be used in conjunction with synectics to promote learning and understanding.
  • Applying synectics to social problems leads to model construction but not actual problem solving.


1960s: from late Latin synecticus (based on Greek sunekhein 'hold together'), on the pattern of dialectics.

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Syllabification: syn·ec·tics

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