analytical

What do Sherlock Holmes and Albert Einstein have in common? (No, this is not the start of a joke.) They were both analytical — meaning they were good at breaking down problems into smaller parts to find solutions.

The adjective, analytical, and the related verb analyze can both be traced back to the Greek verb, analyein — "to break up, to loosen." If you are analytical, you are good at taking a problem or task and breaking it down into smaller elements in order to solve the problem or complete the task. The opposite type of problem-solving is called the intuitive approach in which a person senses the correct action to take without proof or reasoning. Analytic can be substituted for analytical in this sense.

Primary Meanings of analytical

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

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

analytical reasoning”
“an analytical mind”
Synonyms:
analytic
Antonyms:
synthetic, synthetical
involving or of the nature of synthesis (combining separate elements to form a coherent whole) as opposed to analysis
2

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

Synonyms:
analytic
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
Antonyms:
synthetic, synthetical
of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts
a posteriori
involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes
inductive
of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion
logical
capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning
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