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SYNTHESIS

The mental act by which simple ideas are combined into more complex ones. Hence the combining of separate and distinct elements to form a coherent whole on the basis of some unifying principle. (Etym. Latin synthesis; from Greek synthesis, putting together.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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