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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 The results of a nonscientific poll for who children want to be the next president is released. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Kal Penn’; Word Series Game 6 on Fox," 26 Oct. 2020 Pate conducted a nonscientific survey of her podcast listeners that suggested about 17 percent of NFL cheerleaders are Black. Paige Skinner, Allure, "Black Cheerleaders Are Calling for Change. Will the NFL Listen?," 11 Oct. 2020 Other forms of traditional and nonscientific treatments have also been promoted. Vidya Krishnan, The Atlantic, "Why India’s Pandemic Response Is Tipping Towards Pseudoscience," 18 Aug. 2020 Director Satrapi and actress Pike (both former Oscar nominees) wanted the film to be heroic and inspirational, showing Madame Curie as a scientific superstar, as well as wife and mother who is relatable to a nonscientific audience. Cristine Russell, Scientific American, "The Film Radioactive Shows how Marie Curie Was a "Woman of the Future."," 9 Aug. 2020 That nonscientific survey was conducted in mid- and late June by the Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown Milwaukee office employees expected to slowly return to their workplaces, new survey says," 10 July 2020 The same nonscientific survey of readers showed just under a quarter of respondents said all learning should be optional, not required. Leada Gore |, al, "Close schools for the rest of the year, Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth says," 26 Mar. 2020 The group released the nonscientific survey of 500 voters last week after Tuesday’s general election. NBC News, "Asian Americans favor Biden, Warren while Yang lags behind, survey finds," 11 Nov. 2019 People who don’t get up for the pregnant My brief, nonscientific survey of the recently pregnant reveals that the only people who reliably get up to give their seats to very pregnant women are other women., "The 16 worst people on the T, ranked - The Boston Globe," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nonscientific

1849, in the meaning defined above

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7 Nov 2020

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“Nonscientific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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