pseudoscience

noun
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

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 Lore: Spooky and witty, this classic podcast plumbs history to uncover horrifying folklore, mythology, and pseudoscience. Simon Hill, Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 Such a feat is made much harder by the lingering stigma that UFO research is pseudoscience. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 15 Aug. 2022 Hitting back, White House press secretary Jen Psaki accused DeSantis of being part of a cadre of politicians and social media commentators on the right who advocate pseudoscience. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 26 Jan. 2022 This pseudoscience was adopted by Adolph Hitler, the Ku Klux Klan, and eugenicists to serve hateful propaganda purposes. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2022 Some 60 years later, by the 1950s, the application of scientific scrutiny had helped our nation (and SCOTUS) realize that racialized pseudoscience was harmful to both child education and American society. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Overwhelmingly, these discussions describe the diatribe as relying on pseudoscience or discredited science and co-opting or misreading mainstream science. Emily Klancher Merchant, STAT, 23 June 2022 The groups say the technology is discriminatory, manipulative, punitive, a data security risk and based on pseudoscience. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 11 May 2022 What followed was 16 submissions, grounded in racialist pseudoscience, speculating about what made people Black. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pseudoscience

1796, in the meaning defined above

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26 Sep 2022

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“Pseudoscience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pseudoscience. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for pseudoscience

pseudoscience

noun
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 pseudoscience (audio) \ adjective

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