scientific

adjective
sci·​en·​tif·​ic | \ ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik How to pronounce scientific (audio) \

Definition of scientific

1 : of, relating to, or exhibiting the methods or principles of science
2 : conducted in the manner of science or according to results of investigation by science : practicing or using thorough or systematic methods scientific advertising scientific baby care a scientific boxer

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scientifically \ ˌsī-​ən-​ˈti-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce scientifically (audio) \ adverb

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But now, 75 years after her uncle was mysteriously lost, Zell wants to ask Chief State Medical Examiner James Gill to search for him again using the latest in scientific technology. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "In the chaos of the Hartford circus fire, a 6-year-old boy disappeared; now, 75 years later, his family wants to find out what happened to him," 7 July 2019 Nguyen’s fears aside, there’s something of a disconnect between the urgency of the scientific view of climate crisis and the relatively dispassionate manner in which Lau must talk about it. Caroline Preston, Washington Post, "Teaching global warming in a charged political climate," 6 July 2019 The Japanese government has scrapped supposedly scientific whaling expeditions in Antarctic waters that involved killing a much larger number of whales. The Economist, "Politics this week," 6 July 2019 MythBusters is entirely about the delights of scientific skepticism and the quest for truth. Johanna Blakley, Quartzy, "Four TV shows that both liberals and conservatives love—and one they both hate," 5 July 2019 Its suite of scientific equipment revealed for the first time that the moon had no magnetic field. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "A brief history of moon exploration," 5 July 2019 The hospital association said there should be more objective and scientific criteria used to determine costs, rather than expert testimony and estimates of care needs. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore jury's record $229 million malpractice verdict may change a life — but likely not the system," 4 July 2019 The Falcon rocket has a payload military and scientific research satellites. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX video shows Falcon Heavy fairing return to Earth," 4 July 2019 Japan had joined the Commission in 1988 and agreed to only hunt whales for scientific purposes. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling After Three-Decade Break and Kills Two Whales on the First Day," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of scientific

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scientific

Medieval Latin scientificus producing knowledge, from Latin scient-, sciens + -i- + -ficus -fic

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The first known use of scientific was in 1645

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scientific

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of scientific

: of or relating to science
: done in an organized way that agrees with the methods and principles of science

scientific

adjective
sci·​en·​tif·​ic | \ ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik How to pronounce scientific (audio) \

Kids Definition of scientific

1 : relating to science or scientists scientific theories
2 : using or applying the methods of science scientific research

Other Words from scientific

scientifically \ -​ˈti-​fi-​kə-​lē \ adverb

scientific

adjective
sci·​en·​tif·​ic | \ ˌsī-ən-ˈtif-ik How to pronounce scientific (audio) \

Medical Definition of scientific

: of, relating to, or exhibiting the methods or principles of science

Other Words from scientific

scientifically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce scientifically (audio) \ adverb

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