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 mechanistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mechanistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More and more evidence shows that e-cigarettes make the lungs more vulnerable to a variety of different infections, which could potentially provide a mechanistic explanation for the relationship the Stanford study shows. Sara Harrison, Wired, "A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk," 11 Aug. 2020 The other type is a mechanistic model, which predicts how case outcomes would be affected by certain policy actions. Dallas News, "If coronavirus predictions keep changing, what good are they?," 5 May 2020 Other types of models, like mechanistic ones, account for the behavior of the disease itself. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The IHME model was built to do one job. It’s hard to repurpose it for another," 22 Apr. 2020 Secondly, it was tied to a mechanistic, arithmetic approach to ensuring representative government, reapportioning Congress after each count. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Enumerated Story of the Census," 13 Apr. 2020 Both writers created bleak moods of alienation and mistrust, and depicted the inevitable, mechanistic crushing of the sensitive and powerless. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 20 Jan. 2020 Machine learning merely looks for patterns in data, whereas mechanistic approaches depend on specific assumptions about how a flu virus moves through the population. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "Real-time flu tracking," 18 Sep. 2019 Anonymous: Are there specific technical/mechanistic reasons why current base editors can offer higher efficiency? Sharon Begley, STAT, "You had questions for David Liu about CRISPR, prime editing, and advice to young scientists. He has answers," 6 Nov. 2019 All these qualities, however, cannot be taught using the same old mechanistic thinking that was characteristic of the industrial age. Tim Leberecht, Quartz at Work, "The French literature term that will usurp emotional intelligence," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mechanistic

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Mechanistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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