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[an-l-it-ik] /ˌæn lˈɪt ɪk/
pertaining to or proceeding by analysis (opposed to synthetic).
skilled in or habitually using analysis.
(of a language) characterized by a relatively frequent use of function words, auxiliary verbs, and changes in word order to express syntactic relations, rather than of inflected forms.
Compare synthetic (def 3), polysynthetic (def 1).
Logic. (of a proposition) necessarily true because its denial involves a contradiction, as “All husbands are married.”.
  1. (of a function of a complex variable) having a first derivative at all points of a given domain; holomorphic; regular.
  2. (of a curve) having parametric equations that represent analytic functions.
  3. (of a proof) using analysis.
Origin of analytic
1580-90; < Medieval Latin analȳticus < Greek analȳtikós, equivalent to analy- (see analysis) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
analytically, adverb
nonanalytic, adjective
nonanalytical, adjective
nonanalytically, adverb
overanalytic, adjective
overanalytical, adjective
overanalytically, adverb
semianalytic, adjective
semianalytical, adjective
semianalytically, adverb
unanalytic, adjective
unanalytical, adjective
unanalytically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for analytical


relating to analysis
capable of or given to analysing: an analytic mind
(linguistics) Also isolating. denoting languages, such as Chinese, whose morphology is characterized by analysis Compare synthetic (sense 3), agglutinative (sense 2), polysynthetic
(logic, of a proposition)
  1. true by virtue of the meanings of the words alone without reference to the facts, as all spinsters are unmarried
  2. true or false by virtue of meaning alone; so all spinsters are married is analytically false Compare synthetic (sense 4), a priori
(maths) Also regular, holomorphic. (of a function of a complex variable) having a derivative at each point of its domain
Derived Forms
analytically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek analutikos from analuein to dissolve, break down; see analysis
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Word Origin and History for analytical

1520s, from Medieval Latin analyticus (see analytic) + -al (1). Related: Analytically.



c.1600, from Medieval Latin analyticus, from Greek analytikos "analytical," from analytos "dissolved" (see analysis).

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analytical in Medicine

analytic an·a·lyt·ic (ān'ə-lĭt'ĭk) or an·a·lyt·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)

  1. Of or relating to analysis or analytics.

  2. Expert in or using analysis, especially one who thinks in a logical manner.

  3. Psychoanalytic.

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