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)

Other Words from scientism

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

First Known Use of scientism

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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