1 made by chemical synthesis, esp. to imitate a natural product (synthetic rubber).
2 (of emotions etc.) affected, insincere.
3 Logic (of a proposition) having truth or falsity determinable by recourse to experience (cf. ANALYTIC 3).
4 Philol. using combinations of simple words or elements in compounded or complex words (cf. ANALYTICAL).
—n. Chem. a synthetic substance.
Phrases and idioms:
synthetic resin Chem. see RESIN n. 2.
synthetical adj. synthetically adv.
Etymology: F syntheacutetique or mod.L syntheticus f. Gk sunthetikos f. sunthetos f. suntithemi (as SYN-, tithemi put)
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Synthetic — Syn*thet ic, Synthetical Syn*thet ic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. synth[ e]tique.] 1. Of or pertaining to synthesis; consisting in synthesis or composition; as, the synthetic method of reasoning, as opposed to analytical. [1913 Webster] Philosophers… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
synthetic — [sin thet′ik] adj. [Fr synthétique < Gr synthetikos] 1. of, involving, or using synthesis 2. produced by synthesis; specif., produced by chemical synthesis, rather than of natural origin 3. not real or genuine; artificial 4. Linguis.… … English World dictionary
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synthetic — [adj] artificial constructed, counterfeit, ersatz*, fabricated, factitious, fake, false, hokey*, made, makeshift, manufactured, mock, phony, plastic, unnatural; concepts 485,582 Ant. genuine, natural, real … New thesaurus
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synthetic — I. adjective Etymology: Greek synthetikos of composition, component, from syntithenai to put together Date: 1697 1. relating to or involving synthesis ; not analytic < the synthetic aspects of a philosophy > 2. attributing to a subject something… … New Collegiate Dictionary