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Definition of "analytic" [an•a•lyt•ic]

  • Of or relating to analysis or analytics. (adjective)
  • Dividing into elemental parts or basic principles. (adjective)
  • Reasoning or acting from a perception of the parts and interrelations of a subject: "Many of the most serious pianists have turned toward more analytic playing, with a renewed focus on the architecture and ideas of music” ( Annalyn Swan). (adjective)
  • Expert in or using analysis, especially in thinking: an analytic mind; an analytic approach. See Synonyms at logical. (adjective)
  • Logic Following necessarily; tautologous: an analytic truth. (adjective)
  • Relating to analysis (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Capable of or given to analysing (adjective)
  • Denoting languages, such as Chinese, whose morphology is characterized by analysis (adjective)
  • True by virtue of the meanings of the words alone without reference to the facts, as all spinsters are unmarried (adjective)
  • True or false by virtue of meaning alone; so all spinsters are married is analytically false (adjective)
  • (of a function of a complex variable) having a derivative at each point of its domain (adjective)

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Use "analytic" in a sentence
  • "In particular, Professor Dyson concludes that I believe that only research which "reduces complicated phenomena to their simpler component parts," what he calls analytic science, "is worthy of the name of science.""
  • "I am by no means well-read enough in analytic philosophy to assess these posts in technical terms, although I do think I know enough to follow along and perhaps make a few comments from a purely literary perspective."
  • "In order to explore these questions we must at least separate the clearly analytic from the synthetic propositions."