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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Other Words from scientific

scientifically \ ˌsī-​ən-​ˈti-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce scientifically (audio) \ adverb

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Here, the authors are referring to the Instagram posts RFK Jr. makes on a regular basis which suggest that vaccines cause autism, a claim for which there is no scientific evidence. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "RFK Jr.'s Siblings Speak Out Against His "Tragically Wrong" Anti-Vaccine Views," 9 May 2019 Like all scientific theories, general relativity makes testable predictions. Mike Wall, NBC News, "Einstein's theory of relativity passes its toughest test yet," 5 July 2018 Anzu Partners aims to enable the next generation of scientific breakthroughs, but in a way different from many of its venture-capital brethren. Heather Mack, WSJ, "Anzu Partners Lines Up $110 Million to Back ‘Enablers’ of Science Breakthroughs," 16 Apr. 2019 What does all of this mean in my not-so-scientific opinion? Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s All the Proof I Need That Bed-Makers Are Better at Everything," 8 Apr. 2019 Such a computer would be a million times faster than a typical desktop and could dramatically advance scientific and artificial intelligence research. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021," 20 Mar. 2019 Traditionally, copies of fossils have been shared in the scientific and college communities through physical casts. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 Still, Kevin Hunter has found a way to meld the scientific and technical aspects of cars with his passion for the arts by spending 35 years working for Calty Design Research, Toyota Motor Corporation’s North American design studio. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Lexus' Latest Concept Car Was Inspired By a Copper Pot," 18 Dec. 2018 By the early 2000s, these shadow librarians had digitized much of the highest-value Russian scientific and literary work. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 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 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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