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synthetic (adj) Made by combining different chemical substances [as against naturally obtained from trees and plants].
Synthetic rubber is rubber produced artificially by combining different chemical substances. Synthetic fruit juices are fruit juices, which are produced by combining different chemicals, and not juices of natural fruits.
- A synthetic product can never be a substitute for a natural product. Soft drinks, which are produced by combining chemicals, can never have the taste of natural fruit juices.
- Some times synthetic products have properties, which their natural originals may not have. Synthetic rubber, which is produced chemically, has better uses than natural rubber.