non·​sci·​en·​tif·​ic | \ ˌnän-ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik How to pronounce nonscientific (audio) \

Definition of nonscientific

: not of, relating to, or based on science : not scientific nonscientific studies nonscientific views … it is beyond all doubt that the influence of the scientific mind extends to the solving of problems of a nonscientific nature.— Robert Penn Warren

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Van Duyne had a range of nonscientific interests, including Shakespeare, ethnic restaurants, foreign films, classical music and theater. Bob Goldsborough,, "Richard Van Duyne, Northwestern chemistry professor who studied information transfer via minuscule structures, dies," 5 Sep. 2019 The post-Atkins decade saw the rise of good fats, a nonscientific subclass of fats that includes the unsaturated fats in avocado, fish, and coconut oil. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How low-fat dairy came to rule the US — and why that’s changing.," 20 Dec. 2018 These are the results of a nonscientific user poll. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "The allergy poll results are in — here’s how Washingtonians beat the pollen," 3 May 2018 Notions that millennials prefer urban living aren't necessarily true in Kansas City, where real estate marketers at Highline Partners found favor for homes and yards in a nonscientific poll earlier this year. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Millennials want to buy homes. Missouri lawmakers have a proposal to help them | The Kansas City Star," 27 Mar. 2018 Our highly nonscientific survey found that early-’80s babies often feel culturally removed from 20-somethings and ambivalent about being categorized as millennials. Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, "The Oldest Millennials Were Born in 1981. Are They Even Really Millennials?," 20 Mar. 2018 If 50-year-old leading men routinely win the hearts of 30-year-old actresses in Hollywood films (as demonstrated by a totally nonscientific survey of movies watched on a recent cross-country flight), what happens to 50-year-old women? Philip Galanes, New York Times, "When Hollywood Ageism Hits Close to Home," 25 Jan. 2018 In fact, in nearly two dozen random interviews with constituents — an admittedly nonscientific survey — not one person objected to Pelosi and fellow Democrats cutting deals with the president. Mark Z. Barabak,, "Strange but true: Praise in lefty San Francisco for Pelosi and Trump — gasp — working together," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nonscientific

1849, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nonscientific

: not based on scientific methods or principles
: not trained in science

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