exact science

noun

Definition of exact science 

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

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Choosing App Permissions App permissions are the privileges an app has—like being able to access your phone's camera or your laptop's contact list—but deciding which ones to switch on or off isn't an exact science. David Nield, WIRED, "How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do," 5 July 2018 Pediatrician Eric Ball pointed out that evaluating cries can never be an exact science. CBS News, "ChatterBaby app could help parents figure out why their baby is crying," 28 June 2018 But the whole process is not an exact science — there’s still a lot of experimentation. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "This is how Lime moves around and charges their dockless scooters in San Francisco," 20 May 2018 Again, benchmarks and speed tests are not an exact science. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Ridiculous Samsung Galaxy S9 Ad Pokes Fun at Apple's iPhone," 17 May 2018 But testosterone numbers are far from an exact science. Randi Hutter Epstein, New York Times, "The Highs and Lows of Testosterone," 27 Mar. 2018 Emotions get tangled with the corporeal; things feel very, very messy, even though our bodies have the release of hormones and physical responses down to an exact science. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Wo-manspreading at Corbett vs. Dempsey; Leaving an exhibition in knots," 22 Mar. 2018 Forensic depictions are not an exact science, cautions Alison Galloway, professor of anthropology at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Mike Fillon, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Face Of Jesus," 23 Jan. 2015 In the ongoing months, Visit Orlando expects to release the official visit totals for Orlando in 2017, although such numbers are not an exact science. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando tourism should be strong for New Year's holiday," 15 Dec. 2017

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1843, in the meaning defined above

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exact science

noun
ex·act sci·ence | \ ig-ˈzakt-ˈsī-ən(t)s \

Medical Definition of exact science 

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

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