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synthetic

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adjective syn·thet·ic \ sin-ˈthe-tik \

Definition of synthetic

1 :relating to or involving synthesis :not analytic
  • the synthetic aspects of a philosophy
2 :attributing to a subject something determined by observation rather than analysis of the nature of the subject and not resulting in self-contradiction if negated — compare analytic
3 :characterized by frequent and systematic use of inflected forms to express grammatical relationships
  • synthetic languages
4 a (1) :of, relating to, or produced by chemical or biochemical synthesis; especially :produced artificially
  • synthetic drugs
  • synthetic silk
(2) :of or relating to a synfuel
b :devised, arranged, or fabricated for special situations to imitate or replace usual realities

synthetically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of synthetic in a Sentence

  1. that organic farm doesn't use any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers

  2. boots of waterproof synthetic leather

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Origin and Etymology of synthetic

Greek synthetikos of composition, component, from syntithenai to put together

synthetic Synonyms

Synonyms
artificial, man-made, nonnatural
Antonyms
natural
Related Words
fabricated, manufactured; cultivated, processed, refined; industrial, mechanical; ersatz, faux, imitation
Near Antonyms
crude, raw

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synthetic

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Definition of synthetic

:something resulting from synthesis rather than occurring naturally; especially :a product (such as a drug or plastic) of chemical synthesis

Examples of synthetic in a Sentence

  1. The drug is a synthetic.

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First Known Use of synthetic

1916


SYNTHETIC Defined for English Language Learners

synthetic

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adjective

Definition of synthetic for English Language Learners

  • : made by combining different substances : not natural


synthetic

noun

Definition of synthetic for English Language Learners

  • : something made by combining different artificial substances


SYNTHETIC Defined for Kids

synthetic

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adjective syn·thet·ic \ sin-ˈthe-tik \

Definition of synthetic for Students

:produced artificially especially by chemical means :produced by human beings
  • synthetic diamonds

Medical Dictionary

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synthetic

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adjective syn·thet·ic \ sin-ˈthet-ik \

medical Definition of synthetic

:of, relating to, or produced by chemical or biochemical synthesis; especially :produced artificially
  • synthetic drugs
  • synthetic dyes

synthetically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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synthetic

noun

medical Definition of synthetic

:a product (as a drug) of chemical synthesis


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