scientific

adjective
sci·en·tif·ic | \ ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik \

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 \ adverb

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That's as many as 20 quadrillion individual bugs munched by birds annually, a scientific study reports. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018 That's as many as 20 quadrillion individual bugs munched by birds annually, a scientific study reports. Doyle Rice, ajc, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018 The actress, 39, shared a tweet from InStyle about an alleged scientific study that shows exes who want to be friends might be hiding something. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Busy Philipps Jokes She and Ex Colin Hanks Are Psychopaths for Being Friends," 9 July 2018 Under Pruitt’s reign, the EPA was known for trying to prevent the release of scientific studies on the harmful effects of pollutants. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The new EPA chief has his first controversy.," 6 July 2018 Critics say there aren't enough independent scientific studies supporting the assertion that the chemicals harm coral reefs. CBS News, "Hawaii moves to ban sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals," 4 July 2018 The chemicals found – perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid – are in firefighting foam and implicated in some types of cancer and thyroid effects, school officials said, pointing to several scientific studies. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Brevard County schools to test drinking water at 13 campuses for chemical contamination," 3 July 2018 There are scientific studies that show the benefits of mindfulness, after all. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Mindfulness is not just a buzzword, it's a multibillion dollar industry. Here's the truth about the hype," 2 July 2018 The few scientific studies that have looked at coconut oil to repel mosquitoes used it as a base for other essential oils. Houston Chronicle, "Old wives’ remedy helped arthritis pain," 1 July 2018

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of scientific 

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

Other words from scientific

scientifically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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