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

Examples of nonscientific in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Nets’ stars remain popular, at least by one nonscientific measure. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2023 Reports based on nonscientific surveys estimate the percentage of women experiencing orgasm from nipple stimulation alone ranges anywhere from 1% to 15.5%. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, 12 Jan. 2023 For Fischer, these examples highlight the potential for nonscientific works about NDEs to capitalize on, and even exploit, our fear of death. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 23 Aug. 2021 Four nonscientific buildings on the west side of the observatory property — a house, a dorm, and two minor outbuildings — were destroyed. Washington Post, 19 June 2022 However, to get to the dramatic, fast-moving tale of the outbreak response and vaccine development, readers must first wade through some complex early sections that make for fairly dense reading for a nonscientific audience. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonscientific was in 1849

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“Nonscientific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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