Meaning of analytic

an•a•lyt•ic

Pronunciation: (an"l-it'ik), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to or proceeding by analysis (opposed to synthetic).
  2. skilled in or habitually using analysis.
  3. (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. Cf. synthetic (def. 3),(def. 1).
  4. (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&hasp;) using analysis.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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