exact science


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Reverse psychology is not an exact science, but communication experts try to find the right balance between positive and negative aspects of behavioral change. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2022 Picking the right piano, then, isn’t an exact science, and comes down to personal preference. Dallas News, 17 June 2022 The beauty of ranch water is there's no exact science to perfecting this drink, so feel free to adjust it to your taste preferences. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 Scheduling isn’t an exact science and being out here on the West coast does create problems with some people not wanting to travel. oregonlive, 10 Oct. 2022 But predicting when those colors will peak is not an exact science; requiring experts to consider everything from temperature, the length of the day and stresses like pests and drought. Lisa Rathke, Hartford Courant, 10 Sep. 2022 This is a man who has drinking beer through a meat straw down to an exact science. Serena Dai, Bon Appétit, 26 Aug. 2022 Williams is the first to admit hydrology is not an exact science. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Aug. 2022 Through years of following in her mother's footsteps and being on camera herself, Dynevor has gotten her own skin-care routine down to an exact science. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

exact science

ex·​act sci·​ence ig-ˈzakt-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce exact science (audio)
: a science (as physics, chemistry, or astronomy) whose laws are capable of accurate quantitative expression
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