- pertaining to or proceeding by analysis (opposed to synthetic).
- skilled in or habitually using analysis.
- (of a language) characterized by a relatively frequent use of function words, auxiliary verbs, and changes in word order to express syntactic relations, rather than of inflected forms.Compare synthetic(def 3), polysynthetic(def 1).
- Logic. (of a proposition) necessarily true because its denial involves a contradiction, as “All husbands are married.”
- (of a function of a complex variable) having a first derivative at all points of a given domain; holomorphic; regular.
- (of a curve) having parametric equations that represent analytic functions.
- (of a proof) using analysis.
- relating to analysis
- capable of or given to analysingan analytic mind
- Also: isolating linguistics denoting languages, such as Chinese, whose morphology is characterized by analysisCompare synthetic (def. 3), agglutinative (def. 2), polysynthetic
- logic (of a proposition)
- true by virtue of the meanings of the words alone without reference to the facts, as all spinsters are unmarried
- true or false by virtue of meaning alone; so all spinsters are married is analytically falseCompare synthetic (def. 4), a priori
- Also: regular, holomorphic maths (of a function of a complex variable) having a derivative at each point of its domain
adj.c.1600, from Medieval Latin analyticus, from Greek analytikos “analytical,” from analytos “dissolved” (see analysis). adj.
- Of or relating to analysis or analytics.
- Expert in or using analysis, especially one who thinks in a logical manner.