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

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We are surrounded by people who profess their love of science and we are surrounded by things that are mostly made up and deep-dipped in pseudoscience: chiropractic, homeopathy, yoga, aromatherapy, reiki, the terror of GMOs and vaccines, etc. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "There’s No Such Thing as ‘Brainwashing’," 16 June 2019 Much of the cultural legacy of Sigmund Freud is pure mythology, based on pseudoscience and fraud. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "There’s No Such Thing as ‘Brainwashing’," 16 June 2019 All of this is fiction, wrapped in the same conspiratorial gauze as countless other viral pseudoscience clips—but the McGill video cops to it just 40 seconds in. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A ‘Cancer Cure’ Video Skewered Bad Science—and Went Viral Itself," 10 July 2018 People have taken to Twitter to express their concern with Goop heading to another platform, alleging that the brand reports pseudoscience. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Everything We Know So Far About Gwyneth Paltrow’s 'Goop' Series On Netflix," 6 Feb. 2019 From day one the program is a ludicrous conflation of false religion and pseudoscience. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Boy Erased’ Review: Toxic Treatment," 1 Nov. 2018 The concept of white supremacy was legitimized during the 18th century through pseudoscience that sought to prove the inherent inferiority of black genetics. Kim Reynolds, Teen Vogue, "How White People Have Reacted to Black Success Over Time in the United States," 30 July 2018 Using genetics to determine metabolic predispositions may sound like pseudoscience, but the research is there. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "The Future of Dieting Is Here—And it Has Nothing to do With Calorie Counting," 29 Oct. 2018 As Price writes: Cold fusion is dismissed as pseudoscience, the kind of thing that respectable scientists and science journalists simply don't talk about (unless to remind us of its disgrace). Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Can Cold Fusion Come Back From the Dead?," 21 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of pseudoscience

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pseudoscience was in 1796

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

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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to form ideas or theories about something

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