pseudoscience

noun

pseu·​do·​sci·​ence ˌsü-dō-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce pseudoscience (audio)
: a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific
pseudoscientific adjective
pseudoscientist noun

Examples of pseudoscience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hubbard sought approval for his ideas from the medical establishment, but almost immediately, organizations such as the American Psychological Association rejected his theories as pseudoscience. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Mar. 2024 The government has excised textbook chapters on India’s past Muslim rulers and silenced researchers who questioned pseudoscience being promoted by right-wing officials. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024 The Morton Cranial Collection was started in the 1830s by physician Samuel George Morton, and it was used to promote racist pseudoscience asserting racial differences and superiority. Melissa Noel, Essence, 5 Feb. 2024 In 2023, the BBC investigated a wave of videos targeting older children that used AI tools to push pseudoscience and conspiracy theories, including climate change denialism. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 19 Mar. 2024 His pitch so bristles with disinformation and pseudoscience that it’s been disavowed by virtually his entire family, whose name has been synonymous with progressive politics and policy for generations. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2024 There is a little too much darkness in this world and not enough light, a little too much pseudoscience and not enough science. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2024 His racist pseudoscience had a profound impact on scientific research. Melissa Noel, Essence, 5 Feb. 2024 Nevertheless, although attitudes may be slowly changing, cryptozoology—to give the field its proper name—is still considered a pseudoscience. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pseudoscience was in 1796

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“Pseudoscience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pseudoscience. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

pseudoscience

noun
pseu·​do·​sci·​ence ˌsüd-ō-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce pseudoscience (audio)
: a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific
pseudoscientific adjective
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