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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This will allow the station to resume normal operations with a six-person crew, enabling both housekeeping tasks on board the station as well as a full suite of scientific research. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Two months after mishap, Russian Soyuz rockets back into space with crew," 3 Dec. 2018 Another 28% of the 700 people questioned also believed that the flu shot caused autism, despite years of scientific research showing the shot's safety and efficacy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "No, The Flu Shot Won't Give You the Flu — But Here’s Why You Might Feel Sick Afterwards," 19 Oct. 2018 Children traumatically separated from their parents are more likely to suffer from emotional problems throughout their lives, according to decades of scientific research. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "Deported parents may lose their kids to adoption," 9 Oct. 2018 But a fundamental difference between the two missions is that Europa Clipper has strong support within the scientific community. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA’s Europa lander may be in jeopardy after the midterms — and some are fine with seeing it go," 10 Nov. 2018 The inherent unhealthiness of saturated fat is a topic of much debate and fuzzy data in the scientific community, as Vox’s health writer Julia Belluz has reported on extensively. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How coconut oil went from health food to “poison”," 23 Aug. 2018 And that’s galvanized the scientific community, leading to a new $50 million joint U.S.-U.K. project to predict ice melt rates. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "East Antarctica's Sleeping Giant Awakes," 17 Aug. 2018 This includes a 1932 Art Deco style reading lamp that’s inspired by the city’s Art Deco architecture and its long lineage of scientific discoveries. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Whimsical installation reimagines five classic lamps as large-scale sculptures," 9 July 2018 Before the milestone scientific discoveries in the ’60s, skeletons of dinosaurs depicted their tails dragging on the ground because that’s what lizards’ tails are like. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Real Scientific History Behind the Jurassic Park Dinosaurs," 22 June 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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