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

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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 25 May. 2024.

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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