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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Several scientific organizations have responded to Bolsonaro’s criticisms by defending the institute. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Brazilian institute head fired after clashing with nation’s president over deforestation data," 4 Aug. 2019 There is no scientific question that climate change is currently exacerbating California fires. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: A chance to reduce wildfire disaster costs and save lives," 3 Aug. 2019 When neuroscientist Sidarta Ribeiro presented a preview of a report on the dire state of research in Brazil at a meeting of a major scientific society on 23 July, several government soldiers entered the room and began filming. Jeff Tollefson, Scientific American, "Populist President Sparks Unprecedented Crisis for Brazilian Science," 3 Aug. 2019 Put aside Evangelicals, who often vote Republican and stereotypically express skepticism in a range of scientific conclusions. Wired, "Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way," 2 Aug. 2019 The result is full-color images that have a variety of purposes for scientific analysis. Coleman Lowndes, Vox, "How scientists colorize photos of space," 2 Aug. 2019 But one area of scientific research that deserves much more attention is that of cannabis and its effect on Alzheimer’s and dementia. Mary Schumacher,, "Cannabis, Alzheimer’s and hope are on the horizon," 2 Aug. 2019 Admittedly, that may not be enough to combat deliberate efforts to discredit mainstream scientific thought. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Failure Is Built Into Pharma. But It’s Complicated: Brainstorm Health," 2 Aug. 2019 If the whole ice sheet were to melt away—not something likely to happen in the near future in any scientific projections—global sea levels would rise by about 23 feet. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "A heat wave is turning Greenland’s ice to slush. That's bad news.," 1 Aug. 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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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


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


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

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

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