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 There's no exact science on each vehicle's air and heating systems, car sizes, and various patients' characteristics. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 and cars: Not a good medical mix, as it can harm drivers and passengers," 7 Oct. 2020 As with malware, tracing misinformation back to its source isn't an exact science. Sonner Kehrt, Wired, "One Data Scientist’s Quest to Quash Misinformation," 15 Sep. 2020 Longtime Mario watchers will know that the exact science of his jumping can change across several titles. Washington Post, "Mario makers reflect on 35 years and the evolution of the franchise’s most iconic jump," 14 Sep. 2020 Meteorology is not an exact science, like economics, foreign policy and dating. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "(Update) Strong to Severe Storms by Tonight - NOAA: "Extremely Active" Tropical Season Likely," 7 Aug. 2020 How to Make Ranch Water 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, "How to Make Ranch Water + 4 More Tequila Cocktail Recipes Perfect for Summer," 26 May 2020 That’s never an exact science, which is why there is so often such intense disagreement among finance professionals about what things are actually worth. Zachary Karabell, Time, "This Market Chaos Is Unlike Anything We’ve Seen Before. But Remember to Breathe," 26 Mar. 2020 Medicine is not an exact science, and things change every day. Amitha Kalaichandran, New York Times, "Worried About That New Medical Study? Read This First.," 17 Apr. 2020 As most of us adapt to a work from home situation, one entrepreneur has it down to an exact science. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work (at Home): Sabrina Zohar Founder of Softwear," 20 Apr. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

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“Exact science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exact%20science. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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exact science

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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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