Definition of synthesis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪnθɪsɪs/

noun (plural syntheses /ˈsɪnθɪsiːz/)

[mass noun]
1The combination of components or elements to form a connected whole: the synthesis of intellect and emotion in his work [count noun]: the ideology represented a synthesis of certain ideas Often contrasted with analysis.
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  • Papers cited, many of which are either specific references to original ideas or syntheses of broad areas or topics, contain extensive bibliographic references to original data sources.
  • I think a productive blog session would consciously use analyses like this as well as syntheses that provide the substance for such findings.
  • He had plenty to play with: Postwar America was full of new musical syntheses.
combination, union, amalgam, blend, mixture, compound, fusion, coalescence, composite, concoction, conglomerate, alloy;
combining, unification, uniting, merging, amalgamation, conglomeration, weaving, interweaving, reconciliation, marrying
informal mash-up
1.1 Grammar The process of making compound and derivative words.
1.2 Linguistics The tendency in a language to use inflected forms rather than word order to express grammatical structure.
2The production of chemical compounds by reaction from simpler materials: the synthesis of methanol from carbon monoxide and hydrogen
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  • Polymerization is another type of chemical reaction employed in organic synthesis to couple small monomeric units into a much larger chain.
  • Other compounds function in chemical analysis and in synthesis in a chemistry laboratory of organic compounds.
  • The advent of chemistry and chemical synthesis, however, saw their steady decline.
3(In Hegelian philosophy) the final stage in the process of dialectical reasoning, in which a new idea resolves the conflict between thesis and antithesis.
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  • It is also to be noted that the dialectical process is not simply from thesis and antithesis to final synthesis; it is an eternal, open-ended spiral of development.
  • This antithesis found its synthesis in Stoicism, the philosophy of both master and slave… and so on.
  • Every synthesis becomes a new thesis, which becomes the target of a new antithesis.



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  • The decision to test empirically the impact of methodology on research results does not relieve the synthesist of all evaluation responsibilities.
  • The synthesist of economic theory of the middle of the century, John Stuart Mill, had only the most marginal academic connections.


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek sunthesis, from suntithenai 'place together'.

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