an·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈli-tik How to pronounce analytic (audio) \
variants: or analytical \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈli-​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 \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈli-​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
Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes the most analytic and brilliant readers make curiously rigid and dull writers. Zadie Smith, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zadie Smith on Her Former Student Raven Leilani’s Debut Novel," 4 Aug. 2020 Roth’s approach has inspired many developments in analytic number theory over the past half-century, said Jacob Fox of Stanford University. Quanta Magazine, "Landmark Math Proof Clears Hurdle in Top Erdős Conjecture," 3 Aug. 2020 Is recumbency necessary to facilitate analytic revelry. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, "The Rose," 6 July 2020 Granville, who is writing a book on analytic number theory, complained that Maynard has greatly slowed his progress. Quanta Magazine, "A Number Theorist Who Solves the Hardest Easy Problems," 1 July 2020 According to a 2015 meta-analytic review in Perspectives on Psychological Science, as reported by the American Psychological Association, prolonged social isolation has the health equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Taylyn Washington-harmon,, "How to Relieve Stress, According to Experts," 1 July 2020 The cylinder is a standard symbol for a database, an analytic service that runs on the hardware. Barton Gellman, Wired, "Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network," 24 May 2020 The Defense Intelligence Agency recently changed its analytic position to formally leave open the possibility of a theory of lab origin, officials said. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs," 30 Apr. 2020 Hawley, the former attorney general of Missouri, said law enforcement officials are accustomed to having crime statistics and other analytic data to address problems in their community. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Hawley introduces bill to document scope of human trafficking in America," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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13 Aug 2020

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“Analytic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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