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Dictionary definition for: Synthetic

1. (n) a compound made artificially by chemical reactions

2. (s) not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially; "man-made fibers" "synthetic leather"

3. (a) 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

4. (a) systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words

5. (a) of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts; "all men are arrogant" is a synthetic proposition"

6. (s) artificial as if portrayed in a film; "a novel with flat celluloid characters"

7. (s) not genuine or natural; "counterfeit rhetoric that flourishes when passions are synthetic"- George Will

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