an·a·lyt·ic (ăn′ə-lĭtĭk) or an·a·lyt·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
a. Of or relating to analysis or analytics.
b. Expert in or using analysis, especially in thinking: an analytic mind; an analytic approach. See Synonyms at logical.
2. Dividing into elemental parts or basic principles.
3. 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).
4. Logic Following necessarily; tautologous: an analytic truth.
a. Using, subjected to, or capable of being subjected to a methodology involving algebra or other methods of mathematical analysis.
b. Proving a known truth by reasoning from that which is to be proved.
6. Linguistics Expressing a grammatical function by using two or more words instead of an inflected form: Vietnamese is an analytic language.
[Medieval Latin analyticus, from Greek analutikos, from analūein, to resolve; see ANALYSIS.]
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