science fiction

noun
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of science fiction

: fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component

science-fictional

play \ˈsī-ən(t)s-ˈfik-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of science fiction in a Sentence

  1. Time travel exists only in the realm of science fiction.

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First Known Use of science fiction

1851

in the meaning defined above

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SCIENCE FICTION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of science fiction for English Language Learners

  • : stories about how people and societies are affected by imaginary scientific developments in the future


SCIENCE FICTION Defined for Kids

science fiction

noun

Definition of science fiction for Students

: made-up stories about the influence of real or imagined science on society or individuals


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