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

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Keep in mind that a lot of this information is intended to provide you with inaccurate information that has zero basis in scientific evidence and that can influence your decision. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What to Consider If You Have to Travel for an Abortion," 21 June 2019 There is no scientific evidence that a hypnotic state exists. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "There’s No Such Thing as ‘Brainwashing’," 16 June 2019 Her fellow lobbyist, Kennedy, has argued that vaccines, specifically those containing the element thimerosal, may cause autism, a view unsupported by scientific evidence and dismissed as a conspiracy theory by experts. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Jessica Biel joins vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy to oppose bill – but says she's not against vaccinations," 13 June 2019 The findings offer scientific evidence to support tales from folklore which hold the Romans indeed brought amigne to Switzerland. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "Ancient Grape DNA Tells the Prolific History of Wine," 10 June 2019 Despite the ancient mythology about our mutual admiration, dating back to 77 CE when Pliny the Elder published an account of a friendship between a boy and a dolphin, there is scientific evidence that they can be disturbed by human contact. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019 While the scientific consensus supports vaccination and regards it as a historic boon to public health, the crowd and the emcee, Rabbi Hillel Handler, do not put much stock in that science. Ben Sales,, "An Orthodox rally in Brooklyn sees vaccines as a conspiracy," 6 June 2019 Trump the politician, of course, has questioned idea that climate change is a threat at all — defying the overwhelming scientific consensus, and his own golf course’s assessment of its future. Washington Post, "Trump to stay at Doonbeg, his money-losing golf course threatened by climate change," 6 June 2019 That scientific evidence came many years later, thanks to advances in genetic testing. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A 9-year-old’s murder stumped police for 25 years. Her killer may have been hiding in plain sight.," 6 June 2019

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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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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 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


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

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scientifically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce scientifically (audio) \ adverb

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