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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But a propitious call from the White House offering help, and a multimillion-dollar loan arranged by Dr. Tischfield allowed the company to add additional analytic equipment rapidly and to nearly double its work force almost overnight. New York Times, "Andrew Brooks, Who Developed a Coronavirus Spit Test, Dies at 51," 31 Jan. 2021 Some said his comments appeared to represent his own analytic conclusions, rather than those of the United States intelligence community. Lara Jakes, New York Times, "‘Al Qaeda Has a New Home Base,’ Pompeo Claims," 12 Jan. 2021 The intelligence source stressed to the Washington Examiner that Ratcliffe wants to ensure proper analytic tradecraft is employed related to China’s influence. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Ratcliffe delays meddling assessment amid debate over China's 2020 role, as 2016 fallout looms large," 17 Dec. 2020 Football analytic sites give the Dolphins less than a 50% chance to make the playoffs: 44.4% according to Football Outsiders; 30.9% per ESPN’s Football Power Index; and 25% from FiveThirtyEight. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins’ final push to playoff begins this week vs. Patriots. Here’s what Brian Flores says needs to happen," 16 Dec. 2020 Why haven’t our usual analytic tools—case studies, multi-country comparisons—given us better answers? Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Writing on COVID-19," 14 Dec. 2020 On the science squad because: The organization Martinez leads, CEED, provides research and analytic support to environmental justice groups and coalitions. 500 Women Scientists, Scientific American, "These Nine Women Should Have Key Roles in the New Administration," 11 Dec. 2020 Martinez is sub-40-something, analytic-minded and has a player development background, like other Giants coaches. John Shea,, "Giants mailbag: What ‘Farhan guys’ are on market? Best case for fans in 2021?," 9 Dec. 2020 Beyond the daily duties of being a senior vice president in the league offices, Young has familiarized himself more with the analytic component of the game and all the resources technology has to offer. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "In becoming Rangers GM, Chris Young shows he would rather win trophies than present them," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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15 Feb 2021

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“Analytic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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