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 From a technological front, Stadia impresses, said Randy Nelson, head of mobile insights at analytic firm Sensor Tower. Mae Anderson, The Denver Post, "Muted launch for Google’s game-streaming service Stadia," 24 Nov. 2019 Anglo-American philosophers have aligned him with various schools of post-analytic thought, seeing him as an idiosyncratic kind of psychologist or sociologist. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019 There is reason for optimism in USC’s analytic outlook, especially on defense. Ryan R. Bonini, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Oregon-USC odds: Ducks favored in tough road task," 31 Oct. 2019 Van Duyne received a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1967 and a Ph.D. in analytic chemistry from the University of North Carolina in 1971. Bob Goldsborough,, "Richard Van Duyne, Northwestern chemistry professor who studied information transfer via minuscule structures, dies," 5 Sep. 2019 The district has invested $6.2 million in video surveillance, with 1,593 analytic cameras installed and another 900 scheduled. Scott Travis,, "Broward Schools detail the security upgrades since Parkland shooting," 11 Sep. 2019 Many cognitive scientists argue that intuitive and analytic thinking should not be viewed as opposites. Laura Kutsch, Scientific American, "Can We Rely on Our Intuition?," 15 Aug. 2019 In the current paper, the researchers applied exact analytic techniques to the two-dimensional honeycomb lattice and the three-dimensional diamond lattice. Marcus Woo, WIRED, "A Child’s Puzzle Helped Uncover How Magnets Really Work," 27 Jan. 2019 The thought occurs that the Red Sox skull-imploding, overthinking, analytic pitching approach needs to be re-evaluated. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Collapsing Red Sox more about MIA stars than missed calls," 3 Aug. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Analytic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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