adjective syn·thet·ic \sin-ˈthe-tik\

: made by combining different substances : not natural

Full Definition of SYNTHETIC

:  relating to or involving synthesis :  not analytic <the synthetic aspects of a philosophy>
:  attributing to a subject something determined by observation rather than analysis of the nature of the subject and not resulting in self-contradiction if negated — compare analytic
:  characterized by frequent and systematic use of inflected forms to express grammatical relationships <synthetic languages>
a (1) :  of, relating to, or produced by chemical or biochemical synthesis; especially :  produced artificially <synthetic drugs> <synthetic silk> (2) :  of or relating to a synfuel
b :  devised, arranged, or fabricated for special situations to imitate or replace usual realities
c :  factitious, bogus
syn·thet·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of SYNTHETIC

  1. <that organic farm doesn't use any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers>
  2. <boots of waterproof synthetic leather>


Greek synthetikos of composition, component, from syntithenai to put together
First Known Use: 1697

Other Logic Terms

a posteriori, connotation, corollary, inference, mutually exclusive, paradox, postulate, syllogism



: something made by combining different artificial substances

Full Definition of SYNTHETIC

:  something resulting from synthesis rather than occurring naturally; especially :  a product (as a drug or plastic) of chemical synthesis

Examples of SYNTHETIC

  1. The drug is a synthetic.

First Known Use of SYNTHETIC

SYNTHETIC Defined for Kids


adjective syn·thet·ic \sin-ˈthe-tik\

Definition of SYNTHETIC for Kids

:  produced artificially especially by chemical means :  produced by human beings <synthetic diamonds>
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