One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The phenomenon of synergistic activity or behaviour, as a field of study; specifically an empirical discipline that seeks to deal with the overall behaviour of systems (typically social or conceptual systems) in flux, in so far as it cannot be inferred from the behaviour of components of the system.
2Physics. A branch of science dealing with the occurrence of order in physical systems not in thermodynamic equilibrium.
1950s. From synergetic: see -ic.
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