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

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In both cases, ecorithms describe adaptive behavior in a mechanistic way. Quanta Magazine, "Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life," 28 Jan. 2016 Yet despite their lack of mechanistic understanding, these individuals showed leaps of ingenuity no less startling than those of today’s physicians and genome rewriters. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth’ Review: Desperate Remedies," 12 Dec. 2018 Francis Bacon’s emphasis on direct observation and Descartes’ mechanistic theories had challenged not only the authority of the ancients but also the existence of God. Jenny Uglow, WSJ, "‘The Wonderful Mr. Willughby’ Review: Hatching a New Science," 5 July 2018 But over the past few weeks, the murmur of Ocean Beach has been cut with a low mechanistic rumble. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Want to Fight Sea Level Rise? Look to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach," 11 Apr. 2018 As much as people want the rules for commas to be ironclad, no mechanistic rules can substitute for slow proofreading and redrafting, or even better, a good editor. The Economist, "The power of the comma," 21 Sep. 2017 Cowell has studied the mechanistic underpinnings of why people develop neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Kelly Poe,, "Southern Research hires new neuroscience Chair," 4 Aug. 2017 One brims with divinity, the other is purely mechanistic. Longreads, "Late in Life, Thoreau Became a Serious Darwinist," 13 July 2017 And the idea most present is that things are beginning to get out of hand, that the mechanistic future promised by science is one in which human life will become cheap and embattled. The New York Times,, "'Alien: Covenant' movie review: A blend of action, ideas and gruesomeness," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of mechanistic

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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