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In logic, a declarative statement in which the predicate is contained in the subject. Such a statement cannot be confirmed or refuted by observation or experience, and its negation is either directly or implicitly self-contradictory. One example is the statement All bachelors are unmarried; another is God is omnipotent, provided that omnipotence is part of the definition of God. The truth or falsity of an analytic statement or proposition is a priori. Also called an analytic proposition. Compare synthetic statement. [From Greek analytikos, analytic, from analyein to break down or dissolve, from ana- down + lyein to loosen]

Subjects: Psychology.


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