scientific

adjective 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

scientifically

play \ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of scientific

Medieval Latin scientificus producing knowledge, from Latin scient-, sciens + -i- + -ficus -fic



SCIENTIFIC Defined for English Language Learners

scientific

adjective

Definition of scientific for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to science

  • : done in an organized way that agrees with the methods and principles of science


SCIENTIFIC Defined for Kids

scientific

adjective sci·en·tif·ic \ ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik \

Definition of scientific for Students

1 :relating to science or scientists
  • scientific theories
2 :using or applying the methods of science
  • scientific research

scientifically

\-ˈti-fi-kə-lē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary

scientific

adjective sci·en·tif·ic \ ˌsī-ən-ˈtif-ik \

medical Definition of scientific

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

scientifically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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