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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Ample scientific research shows that institutionalized day care is bad for very young children. Erica Komisar, WSJ, "The Human Cost of Sweden’s Welfare State," 11 July 2018 This is one scenario for hurricanes in a warmer world, a subject of fiendish complexity and considerable scientific research, as experts try to tease out the effects of climate change from the influences of natural climate cycles. David Fleshler,, "The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. But the day may be coming," 7 July 2018 The departure marked a precipitous fall for Pruitt, who during his roughly 16 months in office took steps to reverse more than a dozen major Obama-era regulations and overhauled key elements of the agency’s approach to scientific research. Brady Dennis, Washington Post, "Scott Pruitt steps down as EPA head after ethics, management scandals," 5 July 2018 Most often, plane travel for scientific research or any other reason is a personal choice carved out of an arithmetic of time, convenience, and expense. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "New University Rules Encourage Scientists to Avoid Air Travel," 3 July 2018 Conservationists also claim the course risks damaging an important site of special scientific interest. Jill Colvin And Paul Kelbie,, "Trump lies low in Scotland ahead of high-stakes meeting with Putin," 14 July 2018 Changes to the bill in 1996 and 2006 have added scientific backing to fishery management decisions that have rebuilt more than 40 domestic fish stocks since 2000, the scientists wrote. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House," 13 July 2018 That said, here is my highly scientific s’mores recipe. Evelyn Lamb, Smithsonian, "The Scientific Quest For the Perfect S’more," 13 July 2018 Karl Popper, the philosopher, said that scientific knowledge progressed through the falsification of hypotheses. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of scientific 

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

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scientifically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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