Meaning of syntonic in English:


Pronunciation /sɪnˈtɒnɪk/


  • 1Psychology
    (of a person) responsive to and in harmony with their environment so that affect is appropriate to the given situation.

    • ‘culturally syntonic’
    1. 1.1in combination (of a psychiatric condition or psychological process) consistent with other aspects of an individual's personality and belief system.
      • ‘this phobia was ego-syntonic’
    2. 1.2 dated Relating to or denoting the lively and responsive type of temperament formerly considered liable to bipolar disorder.


Late 19th century from German Syntonie ‘state of being syntonic’ + -ic.