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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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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Lila, for her part, was glad that her energy-healing sessions happened in a nonscientific environment with spirituality at its center. Jessica Wapner, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2021 But that is all the more reason that scientists bear the responsibility of not letting political or other nonscientific criteria affect their explication. Gary Saul Morson, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 In this way, we are told, scientists can speak science to nonscientific policy makers and to the public at large. Maya Kornberg, Scientific American, 17 Sep. 2021 When Allison raised a fuss about the teacher’s nonscientific approach, the precocious future scientist was given permission to take classes at The University of Texas instead. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2018 The flavor is mildly grassy, and the effect on me and my nonscientific surveyors was mild but noticeable. New York Times, 21 July 2021 Anecdotal and other nonscientific evidence is telling me that the move to rename Lake Shore Drive is deeply unpopular with the public. Eric Zorn,, 14 May 2021 The president made public-health measures political by demanding allegiance to his own nonscientific facts. WSJ, 31 Dec. 2020 To a nonscientific observer, the question might seem straightforward enough. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of nonscientific

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonscientific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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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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