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Noun analysis has 6 senses
  1. analysis - an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole
    --1 is a kind of
    investigation, investigating
    --1 has particulars:
     anatomy; case study; chemical analysis, qualitative analysis; cost analysis; dissection
    Derived form: verb analyze3
  2. analysis, analytic thinking - the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
    --2 is a kind of reasoning, logical thinking, abstract thought
    Antonyms: synthesis, synthetic thinking
    --2 has particulars:
     breakdown, partitioning; cost-benefit analysis; dissection; elimination, reasoning by elimination; reductionism; systems analysis; trend analysis
    Derived form: verb analyze1
  3. analysis - a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed
    --3 is a kind of
    criticism, literary criticism
  4. analysis - the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'
    --4 is a kind of
    expressive style, style
  5. analysis - a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation
    --5 is a kind of
    calculus, the calculus, infinitesimal calculus
    --5 has particulars: Fourier analysis, harmonic analysis
  6. psychoanalysis, analysis, depth psychology - 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"
    --6 is a kind of psychotherapy
    --6 has particulars: hypnoanalysis
    Derived form: verb analyze4
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