an·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈli-tik How to pronounce analytic (audio) \
variants: or analytical \ -​ti-​kəl How to pronounce analytical (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 \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce analytically (audio) \ adverb
analyticity \ ˌa-​nə-​lə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce analyticity (audio) \ noun

Examples of analytic in a Sentence

presented a very analytical argument for the defendant's guilt

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One of the most fundamental theorems in analytic number theory is the prime number theorem, which says that the number of primes up to x is about x/log(x). Quanta Magazine, "Kaisa Matomäki Dreams of Primes," 20 July 2017 Tunde recounts his troubled upbringing with a hypnotic mix of tenderness and analytic detachment. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 July 2019 The executive appointment comes as ad holding companies scramble to bolster their data and analytic capabilities to better compete with the sophisticated ad-buying systems of Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Omnicom Names Head of North American Ad-Buying Operations," 14 Feb. 2019 With a wildly productive season under his belt, Clarke is a favorite of analytic models around the league and was hyper-efficient at Gonzaga. Jeremy Woo,, "2019 NBA Mock Draft 12.0: Trade Rumors and Final Projections," 20 June 2019 Randy Nelson, head of mobile insights at analytic firm Sensor Tower, said that while Stadia appears positioned to go after hard-core gamers, most of them already have a console to play games Google is offering. Washington Post, "Google’s challenge to game consoles to kick off in November," 7 June 2019 For example, athletes who rely on intuition make faster and better decisions than their more analytic counterparts. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Don't Let Stress Interfere With Gut Feelings," 31 Aug. 2018 Kamen hopes that his program can showcase science and engineering in a way that convinces kids to devote some of their time, energy and passion to learning math, physics and analytic skills. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "The Dean of Invention: Segway Mastermind Probes Sci-Tech's Future [Video]," 21 Oct. 2010 As with a clinical drug trial, the methods, outcomes and analytic procedures of the Starbucks trial of anti-bias training should be specified in advance so that any expert can determine whether the project was conducted fairly. Christopher Chabris And Matthew Brown, WSJ, "Starbucks’s Troubles Can Be a Test for Anti-Bias Training: Does It Work?," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of analytic

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analytic

Late Latin analyticus, from Greek analytikos, from analyein

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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 analytical (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 analytically (audio) \ adverb

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