mech·​a·​nis·​tic ˌme-kə-ˈni-stik How to pronounce mechanistic (audio)
: mechanically determined
: of or relating to a mechanism or the doctrine of mechanism
mechanistically adverb

Examples of mechanistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By refusing to treat opium (or the planet, or nutmeg) as inert matter, Ghosh is resisting the mechanistic mind-set, dating from the violence of colonial conquest, which reduces our complex world to resources for human use. Delia Falconer, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 But not everyone is waiting for these kinds of mechanistic insights, let alone definitive clinical data, before jumping on the 40-Hz bandwagon. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Feb. 2024 Aside from the mechanistic difficulties associated with upper limb loss, there are also thermal difficulties. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 But evolutionary explanations don’t get at the deeper problem: How, in a nitty-gritty mechanistic sense, do these patterns develop in individual animals? Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 8 Jan. 2024 By the early fifties, composers such as Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and John Cage had adopted a severe, mechanistic approach to musical composition, much of it governed by coolly rational systems and procedures. John Adams, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 Rapamycin inhibits a protein called mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR). Karina Zaiets, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2023 Some of the change in Didion’s writing was mechanistic. Evelyn McDonnell, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 Heggie’s music rushes between evocations of the cold, mechanistic bureaucracy of capital punishment and the internal anxiety and turmoil of its protagonists. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of mechanistic was in 1884

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“Mechanistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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