scientism

noun
sci·​en·​tism | \ ˈsī-ən-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce scientism (audio) \

Definition of scientism

1 : methods and attitudes typical of or attributed to the natural scientist
2 : an exaggerated trust in the efficacy of the methods of natural science applied to all areas of investigation (as in philosophy, the social sciences, and the humanities)

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Other Words from scientism

scientistic \ ˌsī-​ən-​ˈti-​stik How to pronounce scientistic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scientism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Forced busing was a mad combination of sociological scientism and judicial overreach. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of scientism

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scientism was in 1870

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