exact science


Definition of exact science

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

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Remember, though, that airlines have to swap out planes every once in a while, so this isn't an exact science. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Every Question You Still Have About the Boeing 737 Max, Answered," 1 Aug. 2019 And so calculating the United States' expenditure on El Chapo is not an exact science, and even experts' estimates are at best speculative. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Chasing El Chapo cost U.S. a fortune. Was it money well spent?," 17 July 2019 Recruiting isn’t an exact science, and while Clemson is better at it than most, no matter how successful the school is, the Tigers know a few mistakes could lead to players seeking the transfer portal. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Clemson's 2020 Recruiting Class Means the Dynasty-Building Will Continue," 3 July 2019 Of course, there’s no exact science to nostalgia, and other pop culture observers have posited that nostalgia cycles can last anywhere from 12 to 15 years to 40 to 50 years. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "Behind the ’80s TV Comeback: From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘GLOW’," 11 Sep. 2019 Ideally, parents intervene before a breakdown happens -- but parenting is not an exact science. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: She cheated before they married and he can’t get over it," 10 May 2019 The exact science behind the project largely comes down to stomatal index, which serves as a climate proxy, or means of reconstruction, for past carbon dioxide concentration. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Smithsonian Scientists Need Ginkgo Leaves to Study Climate Change—They Need Your Help," 6 Aug. 2019 Trust your gut Look, there’s no exact science to finding the best deals. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "6 ways to find the best Prime Day deals—and avoid the bad ones," 12 July 2019 If there’s an academy for boy-band voguing, Shawn Mendes must have been the valedictorian: Dude has his Girl-I-Want-You-Girl body language down to an exact science. Ashley Naftule, azcentral, "Shawn Mendes makes all the girls (and women) scream At Gila River Arena," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of exact science

1843, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of exact science

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

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