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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Moon Village was designed in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), merging scientific, technological, and design expertise. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Is This Inflatable City What Life Would Look Like on the Moon?," 11 Apr. 2019 But in 2018 a paper in the scientific journal Nature took the happiness income idea a step further. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The $10,000 Salary Jump That Will Actually Make a Difference in Your Life," 9 Apr. 2019 City of Hope's Linda Malkas, Ph.D. participated in our discussion on the Future of Cancer Care, highlighting the scientific advancements in the treatment and care of cancer patients. The Editors, Town & Country, "City of Hope's Linda Malkas, Ph.D. on the Future of Cancer Care," 28 June 2018 In the 1870s, chemist and inventor Edward Squibb, of Bristol-Myers Squibb renown, advocated aggressively for more routine revision to reflect the growing pace of scientific advancement. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, "The Little-known History and Global Future of Quality Medicines," 31 May 2018 Willingham was later executed even after scientific evidence and expert testimony that only further proved his innocence was suppressed. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Laura Dern Ignites at the Premiere of Trial by Fire," 15 May 2019 There is scientific evidence in both humans and animals to support CBD’s pain-relieving effects in arthritis. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 This isn't the first time Game of Thrones has inspired a scientific paper. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study gives some handy tips on how to survive on Game of Thrones," 9 Dec. 2018 But growing scientific evidence suggests that your physical states can shape your emotions and cognition in surprising ways. Jennifer Maccormack, CNN, "When you go from hungry to 'hangry'," 14 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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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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