pseu·do·sci·ence | \ˌsü-dō-ˈsī-ən(t)s \

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 \ adjective
pseudoscientist \ˌsü-dō-ˈsī-ən-tist \ noun

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Ultimately, pseudoscience was used to justify the torture and murder of millions. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Holocaust Museum shows how Nazi theories affected 12 survivors," 1 July 2018 Even a convincing pseudoscience parody would have its cover blown coming from an official McGill account. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A ‘Cancer Cure’ Video Skewered Bad Science—and Went Viral Itself," 10 July 2018 Unlike many of the industry’s other plainspoken deflaters of hype and pseudoscience, Suennen is generally careful not to publicly call out specific companies or entrepreneurs. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "The gatekeeper: If you want to make it big in health care, it’ll help to get past Lisa Suennen first," 6 June 2018 Luckily, acclaimed science writer Carl Zimmer is here to unravel the tangled history of the science and pseudoscience surrounding heredity, in all its many forms. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Maybe DNA Can’t Answer All Our Questions About Heredity," 28 May 2018 These claims are rough approximations of the golden ratio at best and pseudoscience at worst. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of the Golden Ratio Explained by Math and Sunflowers," 11 May 2018 The marchers’ key demands remain the same as in 2017: raising the government’s allocation for science from 0.85% of the gross domestic product (GDP) to at least 3%, and stemming the tide of unscientific views and pseudoscience. Giorgia Guglielmi, Scientific American, "The March for Science is Back—Here’s What to Expect," 13 Apr. 2018 In the rough-and-ready labyrinths of social media, too, users clothed in anonymity have been reviving racist pseudoscience and conspiracy theories, without the fear of public censure or social ostracization. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "An old beast re-awoken, anti-Semitism stalks Europe, US once more," 11 Apr. 2018 In her view, snark or cheeky videos are not the problem: If people are really committed to a piece of pseudoscience, a video from someone like Mr. Zozaya will not convince them otherwise, no matter how respectful. Adrianne Jeffries, New York Times, "At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.," 2 Apr. 2018

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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pseu·do·sci·ence | \ˌsüd-ō-ˈsī-ən(t)s \

Medical Definition of pseudoscience 

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

Other Words from pseudoscience

pseudoscientific \-ˌsī-ən-ˈtif-ik \ adjective

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