exact science


Definition of exact science

: a science (such as physics, chemistry, or astronomy) whose laws are capable of accurate quantitative expression

Examples of exact science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The truth is that cybersecurity is not an exact science. Lucia Milică, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Salmon counts, based on projections and extrapolations, are not an exact science. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2021 It’s not an exact science, even in the best of times. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Measuring the impact of her visits -- which typically include a tour of a vaccination site and remarks telling people how safe and effective the vaccination is against Covid -- is not an exact science. Kate Bennett, CNN, 9 July 2021 Well, that’s probably wrong, too, because keeping records in the early days wasn’t an exact science and totals differ based on who’s in charge, the Elias Sports Bureau or Baseball Reference. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 June 2021 Identifying a bad browser extension isn't an exact science, but there are some general pointers to follow. David Nield, Wired, 27 June 2021 But on his final attempt, Hawley passed his teammate with a winning mark of 21-11½. Marking in high school long jump isn’t an exact science. oregonlive, 21 May 2021 Avalanche forecasting is not yet an exact science - the hour, location and violence cannot be pin-pointed. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of exact science

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exact science was in 1843

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“Exact science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exact%20science. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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: a science (as physics, chemistry, or astronomy) whose laws are capable of accurate quantitative expression


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