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

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 \ adverb
analyticity \ˌa-​nə-​lə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē \ noun

Examples of analytic in a Sentence

presented a very analytical argument for the defendant's guilt

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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 Fresh off his trip to the Class AA Eastern League All-Star Game, Brent Hershey, co-GM of, is here to offer his advice and expertise from both a fantasy and an analytic point of view. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Transcript: Brent Hershey fantasy baseball chat," 11 July 2018 Find other analytic categories like win shares, which shows Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at No. 1 and Wilt Chamberlain at No. 2 but James is fourth and Jordan is 5th. Chris Chavez,, "The Art of the GOAT Debate: MJ vs. LeBron Examined," 11 June 2018 No court has addressed this question directly, but the judicial precedence that bear on the continuing validity of our constitutional analysis are consistent with both the analytic approach taken and the conclusions reached by the courts. Fox News, "Joe diGenova: The Mueller investigation is illegitimate," 8 May 2018 Gabe Kapler and Matt Klentak have analytic-ed the Phillies into one of baseball’s best turnaround stories this year. Marcus Hayes,, "Analytics-driven Sixers ride the numbers to NBA playoffs," 18 Apr. 2018 Any game that uses relievers based on pitch counts seems too analytic to accept a dual-threat hitter and starting pitcher. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Watching Shohei Ohtani gives glimpse of double greatness," 31 May 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 \
variants: or analytical \-​i-​kəl \

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 \ adverb

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