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synthetic

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adjective syn·thet·ic \sin-ˈthe-tik\

Simple Definition of synthetic

  • : made by combining different substances : not natural

Full Definition of synthetic

  1. 1 :  relating to or involving synthesis :  not analytic <the synthetic aspects of a philosophy>

  2. 2 :  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

  3. 3 :  characterized by frequent and systematic use of inflected forms to express grammatical relationships <synthetic languages>

  4. 4a (1) :  of, relating to, or produced by chemical or biochemical synthesis; especially :  produced artificially <synthetic drugs> <synthetic silk> (2) :  of or relating to a synfuelb :  devised, arranged, or fabricated for special situations to imitate or replace usual realitiesc :  factitious, bogus

syn·thet·i·cal·ly play \-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>



Origin of synthetic

Greek synthetikos of composition, component, from syntithenai to put together


First Known Use: 1697


2

synthetic

noun syn·thet·ic

Simple Definition of synthetic

  • : something made by combining different artificial substances

Full Definition of synthetic

  1. :  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.



1916

First Known Use of synthetic

1916



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