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In logic, a declarative statement in which the predicate asserts something that is not contained either explicitly or implicitly in the subject. Such a statement can be tested by observation or experience, and its negation is not self-contradictory. An example is the statement All bachelors live alone. The truth or falsity of a synthetic statement or proposition is a posteriori. Also called a synthetic proposition. Compare analytic statement. [From Greek synthetikos expert in putting together, from syntithenai to put together, from syn- together + tithenai to place]

Subjects: Psychology.


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