an·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈli-tik How to pronounce analytic (audio) \
variants: or analytical \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈli-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce analytic (audio) \

Definition of analytic

1 : of or relating to analysis or analytics especially : separating something into component parts or constituent elements
2 : being a proposition (such as "no bachelor is married") whose truth is evident from the meaning of the words it contains — compare synthetic
3 : skilled in or using analysis especially in thinking or reasoning a keenly analytic person/mind an analytical study
4 linguistics : characterized by the use of function words rather than inflectional forms to express grammatical relationships analytic languages
6 mathematics : treated or treatable by or using the methods of algebra and calculus
7 mathematics
a of a function of a real variable : capable of being expanded in a Taylor's series in powers of x − h in some neighborhood of the point h
b of a function of a complex variable : differentiable at every point in some neighborhood of a given point

Other Words from analytic

analytically \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce analytic (audio) \ adverb
analyticity \ ˌa-​nə-​lə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce analytic (audio) \ noun

Examples of analytic in a Sentence

presented a very analytical argument for the defendant's guilt
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First Known Use of analytic

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analytic

analytic borrowed from Late Latin analyticus, borrowed from Greek analytikós, from analýein "to loosen, dissolve, resolve into constitutent elements" + -t-, verbal adjective formative + -ikos -ic entry 1; analytical from Late Latin analyticus + -al entry 1 — more at analysis

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“Analytic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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an·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈli-tik \
variants: or analytical \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈli-​ti-​kəl \

Kids Definition of analytic

: of, relating to, or skilled in the careful study of something an analytic mind analytical chemistry

Other Words from analytic

analytically adverb


an·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌan-ᵊl-ˈit-ik How to pronounce analytic (audio) \
variants: or analytical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce analytic (audio) \

Medical Definition of analytic

1 : of or relating to analysis especially : separating something into component parts or constituent elements

Other Words from analytic

analytically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce analytic (audio) \ adverb

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