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Definition of 'analysis'


  1. an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole
  2. the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
       Synonyms: analytic thinking
       Antonyms: synthesis synthetic thinking
  3. a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed
  4. the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'
  5. a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation
  6. a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
       Synonyms: psychoanalysis depth psychology

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