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 adjective

Examples of science fiction in a Sentence

Time travel exists only in the realm of science fiction.
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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of science fiction was in 1898

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Cite this Entry

“Science fiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

science fiction

: fiction that deals with the influence of real or imagined science on society or individuals
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