mech·​a·​nis·​tic | \ ˌme-kə-ˈni-stik How to pronounce mechanistic (audio) \

Definition of mechanistic

1 : mechanically determined
2 : of or relating to a mechanism or the doctrine of mechanism

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mechanistically \ ˌme-​kə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mechanistic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mechanistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This mechanistic view of humanity was not without its skeptics. Joseph Bernstein, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 Photography’s profoundest limitation is its mechanistic nature, which can bind it to a literalness and a brittle understanding of time. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 It is based on a mechanistic determination by human organizations of what is necessary without an understanding of the myriad processes involved in natural, healthy growth. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 The artifact cannot be explained by underlying mechanistic laws of the simulated universe. Fouad Khan, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2021 The iconic structure of the DNA double helix makes its due appearance, but Zimmer is careful to note that this was just the beginning, not the end, of our mechanistic understanding of life, and of those who contributed to it. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 But in a mundane, mechanistic sense, a year’s 13th full moon may be explained by citing the different number of days in a lunar month and in a calendar month. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2020 This was, to my knowledge, the first mechanistic deconstruction of a social behavior circuit. Quanta Magazine, 14 Dec. 2020 Most forecasting models of epidemics are mechanistic. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Wired, 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mechanistic

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 24 Sep. 2021.

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