pseu·​do·​sci·​ence | \ ˌsü-dō-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce pseudoscience (audio) \

Definition of pseudoscience

: a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific

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Other Words from pseudoscience

pseudoscientific \ ˌsü-​dō-​ˌsī-​ən-​ˈti-​fik How to pronounce pseudoscientific (audio) \ adjective
pseudoscientist \ ˌsü-​dō-​ˈsī-​ən-​tist How to pronounce pseudoscientist (audio) \ noun

Examples of pseudoscience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One doubter is David Gorski, an oncologist at Wayne State University and veteran debunker of pseudoscience. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How Cedars-Sinai got sucked into the battle over Trump’s claim of a COVID-19 treatment," 1 May 2020 Almost inevitably, there is a link between pseudoscience preference and political affiliation. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "On the Bleach," 29 Apr. 2020 Finally, Halpern attacked hypnosis as pseudoscience. Dallas Morning News, "Texas courts allow hypnosis despite science, overturned convictions," 9 Apr. 2020 One of Mensa’s co-founders, Roland Berrill, believed in the pseudoscience of phrenology, which involves measuring skulls to predict mental ability. Cat Zhang, The New Yorker, "Jamie Loftus, the Comedian Who Infiltrated Mensa," 9 Mar. 2020 Much of that work, done by staff and outside scientists, involves screening the submissions to weed out pseudoscience and opinion pieces. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "‘A completely new culture of doing research.’ Coronavirus outbreak changes how scientists communicate," 26 Feb. 2020 Skeptic of pseudoscience, the show highlighted how experimental treatments work for some people. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Watching 'The Goop Lab' could turn you into a member of the Goop troop," 23 Jan. 2020 In his later bestsellers, Burioni widened his case against pseudoscience in Italy. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This Italian scientist has become a celebrity by fighting vaccine skeptics," 2 Jan. 2020 Many also abhor the rise of pseudoscience rooted in Hindu nationalism and the budgetary neglect of science and higher education. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "Campus attacks by nationalists and police alarm India’s scientific community," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pseudoscience

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Pseudoscience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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Medical Definition of pseudoscience

: a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific

Other Words from pseudoscience

pseudoscientific \ -​ˌsī-​ən-​ˈtif-​ik How to pronounce pseudoscientific (audio) \ adjective

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