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

Examples of scientific in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a manner that is unusual for the editor of a scientific journal, Horton has leaped into the politics of the pandemic. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Lancet Editor’s Wild Ride Through the Coronavirus Pandemic," 27 June 2020 Their results are published in a working paper that has not yet undergone peer review, a key step to getting a research study published in a scientific journal. Kat Eschner, Popular Science, "COVID-19 cases are surging, but not because of Black Lives Matter protests," 25 June 2020 Their findings contradicted conventional wisdom, as well as previous social scientific research, on risk tolerance. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: On this scary stock market ride, our only control is over ourselves," 19 June 2020 Test flights carrying scientific research payloads are expected to begin in 2021. William Harwood, CBS News, "Company plans space tourism flights in high-altitude balloon," 18 June 2020 The study has been published in the scientific journal Functional Ecology. Fox News, "'Jack-of-all-trades' fish learned to walk on land because of its diet, study says," 17 June 2020 The work of the 24-person team, published in the scientific journal Nature on Monday, could one day form the basis of a super-secure global communications network beamed from space. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Are contact-tracing apps a scourge or savior?," 17 June 2020 Typically, researchers extensively detail their work in scientific journal articles. NBC News, "'Science by press release': Doctors view COVID-19 drug results with excitement and skepticism," 16 June 2020 Cowling and his colleagues’ analysis has been posted online but has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Most COVID cases don’t spread virus—it’s the superspreaders we need to stop," 12 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Scientific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scientific. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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scientific

adjective
How to pronounce scientific (audio)

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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