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 for synthetic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Synthetic \Syn*thet"ic\, Synthetical \Syn*thet"ic*al\, a. [Gr.
     ?: cf. F. synth['e]tique.]
     1. Of or pertaining to synthesis; consisting in synthesis or
        composition; as, the synthetic method of reasoning, as
        opposed to analytical.
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              Philosophers hasten too much from the analytic to
              the synthetic method; that is, they draw general
              conclusions from too small a number of particular
              observations and experiments.         --Bolingbroke.
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     2. (Chem.) Artificial. Cf. Synthesis, 2.
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     3. (Zool.) Comprising within itself structural or other
        characters which are usually found only in two or more
        diverse groups; -- said of species, genera, and higher
        groups. See the Note under Comprehensive, 3.
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     Synthetic language, or Synthetical language, an
        inflectional language, or one characterized by grammatical
        endings; -- opposed to analytic language. --R. Morris.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  synthetic
      adj 1: not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially;
             "man-made fibers"; "synthetic leather" [syn: man-made,
             semisynthetic, synthetic]
      2: 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 [syn: synthetic, synthetical] [ant: analytic,
         analytical]
      3: systematic combining of root and modifying elements into
         single words [ant: analytic, uninflected]
      4: of a proposition whose truth value is determined by
         observation or facts; "`all men are arrogant' is a synthetic
         proposition" [syn: synthetic, synthetical] [ant:
         analytic, analytical]
      5: artificial as if portrayed in a film; "a novel with flat
         celluloid characters" [syn: celluloid, synthetic]
      6: not genuine or natural; "counterfeit rhetoric that flourishes
         when passions are synthetic"- George Will
      n 1: a compound made artificially by chemical reactions [syn:
           synthetic, synthetic substance]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "synthetic":
     adhesive, artificial, bogus, cast plastic, cellulose plastic,
     counterfeit, ersatz, extruded plastic, fake, false, imitation,
     laminate, man-made, manufactured, mock, molded plastic,
     molding compounds, plastic, polymer, protein plastic, pseudo,
     resin plastic, sham, spurious, synthetic fabric, synthetic rubber,
     thermoplastic, thermosetting plastic
  
  

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