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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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 Though these two terms sound related, think of them more like a science and a pseudoscience: almost complete opposites. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "If Wormholes Are Actually Going to Work, They'll Need to Look Weird," 23 June 2020 David Gorski, a surgical oncologist at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the managing editor of the pseudoscience-debunking blog Science-Based Medicine, told me via email that Ryan and others are simply confusing correlation and causation. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "Why People Are Drinking Silver for COVID-19," 22 June 2020 Many eminent philosophers of science, including Karl Popper and Imre Lakatos, opined that correct predictions are a way of telling science from pseudoscience. Sabine Hossenfelder, Scientific American, "The Truth about Scientific Models," 18 June 2020 Overall, this was the most informative and non-pseudoscience-y episode of the entire series. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it," 17 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of pseudoscience

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Pseudoscience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 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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