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 pseudoscience (audio) \ adjective
pseudoscientist \ ˌsü-​dō-​ˈsī-​ən-​tist How to pronounce pseudoscience (audio) \ noun

Examples of pseudoscience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In trying to capitalize on humanity’s love of a good sweat, spa entrepreneurs often promise patrons a cornucopia of health benefits, many of which border on pseudoscience, if not rubbish. Sarah Everts, WSJ, 17 July 2021 Endure explores the topic from every conceivable angle, bringing to light the latest science and debunking pseudoscience. Jonathan Wai, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Probably not - the coronavirus is an incredibly divisive topic, and public opinion has fractured into shards, as suspicions abound, bolstered by the abundance of pseudoscience and misinformation on social media. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Listening to a slog of pseudoscience and conspiracy theory can be exhausting, even angering, given all the risks my colleagues have taken this year. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, 12 June 2021 Goop has been pushing pseudoscience for almost a decade now. Courtney Shea,, 2 June 2021 Distrust of science, institutions and traditional news sources is heavily associated with stronger beliefs in conspiracy theories, as is support for pseudoscience., 7 Apr. 2021 Sobol and Duncan teamed against Perez, a vicious despot with deep beliefs in racial pseudoscience, to demand Duncan’s rights be upheld and not take a plea deal. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Here's why: The four-day convention features social media health influencers who critics say are responsible for peddling pseudoscience and COVID-19 conspiracy theories that could further jeopardize virus control measures. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 29 May 2021

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First Known Use of pseudoscience

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Pseudoscience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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 pseudoscience (audio) \ adjective


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