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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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Analytic propositions

core definition

Analytic propositions are true by definition or are logically true, such as mathematical theorems.

explanatory context

Analytic propositions are usually compared to synthetic propositions, which require experiential verification.


The distinction derives from the empiricism of Hume, was later labelled and developed in Kantian idealism and is integral to logical positivism.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also



logical positivism

synthetic propositions


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