- another term for analytical.
- 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.
- 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.
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)