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Meaning & Definition of Synthetic in English

English

Synthetic

/sɪnθɛtɪk/

noun

1. A compound made artificially by chemical reactions

    synonym:
  • synthetic
  • ,
  • synthetic substance

adjective

1. Not of natural origin

  • Prepared or made artificially
  • "Man-made fibers"
  • "Synthetic leather"
    synonym:
  • man-made
  • ,
  • semisynthetic
  • ,
  • synthetic

2. Involving or of the nature of synthesis (combining separate elements to form a coherent whole) as opposed to analysis

  • "Limnology is essentially a synthetic science composed of elements...that extend well beyond the limits of biology"- p.s.welch
    synonym:
  • synthetic
  • ,
  • synthetical

3. Systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words

    synonym:
  • synthetic

4. Of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts

  • "`all men are arrogant' is a synthetic proposition"
    synonym:
  • synthetic
  • ,
  • synthetical

5. Artificial as if portrayed in a film

  • "A novel with flat celluloid characters"
    synonym:
  • celluloid
  • ,
  • synthetic

6. Not genuine or natural

  • "Counterfeit rhetoric that flourishes when passions are synthetic"- george will
    synonym:
  • synthetic