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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Long gone are the days of assuming a mechanistic relationship between a falling exchange rate and rising export competitiveness or vice versa. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Are mind and brain identical, or is the reduction of feelings and thoughts to genes, brain regions and neurochemicals a mechanistic fantasy that has haunted science since the 17th century? Siri Hustvedt, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 On a mechanistic level, unabsorbed polyols draw water out of your body and into your gut lumen, resulting in loose, watery stools. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 7 Aug. 2020 Its short chapters and sheer eventfulness keep the story chugging along, while its (somewhat mechanistic) plotting creates enough suspense to hold the attention. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Rapamycin, which targets a protein called mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin), helps suppress the immune system to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients. Ron Winslow, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 Despite the pervasive view that habit is mechanistic, many thinkers have, like Mumford, perceived a spiritual motivation still lurking in the gears of modern routine. Meghan O’gieblyn, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 The particles operate according to mechanistic laws, as expressed by the principles of geometry. Kathleen Dean Moore, The Conversation, 20 Oct. 2021 And so, the mechanistic worldview opened the door to exploitation, waste and abuse. Kathleen Dean Moore, The Conversation, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of mechanistic was in 1884

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“Mechanistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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