pertaining to or constituting a synopsis; affording or taking a general view of the principal parts of a subject.
(often initial capital letter) taking a common view: used chiefly in reference to the first three Gospels (synoptic Gospels) Matthew, Mark, and Luke, from their similarity in content, order, and statement.
(often initial capital letter) pertaining to the synoptic Gospels.
Also, synoptical.

1755–65; < Greek synoptikós, equivalent to synop- (see synopsis) + -tikos -tic

synoptically, adverb
nonsynoptic, adjective, noun
nonsynoptical, adjective
nonsynoptically, adverb Unabridged
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synoptic (sɪˈnɒptɪk)
1.  of or relating to a synopsis
2.  (often capital) Bible
 a.  (of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke) presenting the narrative of Christ's life, ministry, etc from a point of view held in common by all three, and with close similarities in content, order, etc
 b.  of, relating to, or characterizing these three Gospels
3.  meteorol showing or concerned with the distribution of meteorological conditions over a wide area at a given time: a synoptic chart
4.  (often capital) Bible
 a.  any of the three synoptic Gospels
 b.  any of the authors of these three Gospels
[C18: from Greek sunoptikos, from synopsis]

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Example sentences
Only a broad, synoptic treatment of the subject can offer the possibility of a real change in our thinking.
But sometimes you need to take a more synoptic view, and look at genes in their broader context.
When looking for synoptic scale weather patterns from space much can be learned looking at clouds.
Synoptic reporting either replaced the traditional free text or supplemented free text in the final report.
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