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synthesis

Syllabification: syn·the·sis
Pronunciation: /ˈsinTHəsəs
 
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Definition of synthesis in English:

noun (plural syntheses /-ˌsēz/)

1Combination or composition, in particular.
1.1The combination of ideas to form a theory or system: the synthesis of intellect and emotion in his work the ideology represented a synthesis of certain ideas Often contrasted with analysis.
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.2The production of chemical compounds by reaction from simpler materials: the synthesis of methanol from carbon monoxide and hydrogen
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.3(In Hegelian philosophy) the final stage in the process of dialectical reasoning, in which a new idea resolves the conflict between thesis and antithesis.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.4 Grammar The process of making compound and derivative words.
1.5 Linguistics The use of inflected forms rather than word order to express grammatical structure.

Origin

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

Derivatives

synthesist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with synthesis

photosynthesis

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