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ANALYTICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does analytical mean? 

ANALYTICAL (adjective)
  The adjective ANALYTICAL has 2 senses:

1. using or skilled in using analysis (i.e., separating a whole--intellectual or substantial--into its elemental parts or basic principles)
2. of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience

  Familiarity information: ANALYTICAL used as an adjective is rare.


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ANALYTICAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Using or skilled in using analysis (i.e., separating a whole--intellectual or substantial--into its elemental parts or basic principles)

Synonyms:

analytical; analytic

Context examples:

an analytic experiment / an analytic approach / a keenly analytic man / analytical reasoning / an analytical mind


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Meaning:

Of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience

Synonyms:

analytical; analytic

Context example:

'all spinsters are unmarried' is an analytic proposition

Also:

a priori (involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact)

deductive (involving inferences from general principles)

logical (capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning)

Domain category:

logic (the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference)


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