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 This can be done by teaching the stages of analytic reading and encouraging students to follow these stages while reading and engaging in dialogue. Samantha Hedges, National Review, "How Social-Justice Education Coddles Young Minds," 2 May 2021 Detectives used cellphone records and analytic software on Sept. 2 to assist in a search for the missing woman. Los Angeles Times, "How a first date led to a murder, a cover-up and a huge wildfire that killed 2," 29 Apr. 2021 With it, half of hospitals posted gains of 2.7% or more, below the 2019 median margin of 3.1%, according to the firm, which also produces analytic work for the American Hospital Association. Dallas News, "Bailout helped wealthy hospitals post a banner year," 11 Apr. 2021 Digital decisioning is a complex analytic process that occurs behind the digital interface. Bill Waid, Forbes, "The Anatomy Of A Digital Decision," 21 Apr. 2021 But often PDEs are so complex that universal analytic solutions are impossible. Quanta Magazine, "Latest Neural Nets Solve World’s Hardest Equations Faster Than Ever Before," 19 Apr. 2021 There are analytic tools available for the average golfer, however, including a new generation of smartphone apps that use artificial intelligence to pinpoint the most critical swing flaws and suggest relevant drills to correct them. John Paul Newport, WSJ, "Can AI Apps Help Your Golf Swing?," 9 Apr. 2021 To date, PGA Tour pros have been far better able than amateurs to take advantage of the new wave of analytic golf data. John Paul Newport, WSJ, "Can AI Apps Help Your Golf Swing?," 9 Apr. 2021 The researchers subjected the personal narratives to data-analytic techniques similar to those applied to fictional narratives. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "How Will We Remember the Pandemic?," 6 Apr. 2021

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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 16 May. 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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