un·​sci·​en·​tif·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik How to pronounce unscientific (audio) \

Definition of unscientific

: not scientific : not based on or exhibiting scientific knowledge or scientific methodology : not in accord with the principles and methods of science an unscientific survey unscientfic claims an unscientific approach

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unscientifically \ ˌən-​ˌsī-​ən-​ˈti-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unscientifically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unscientific in a Sentence

I conducted an unscientific survey.

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Listen and Learn Professor Santos’s highly unscientific happiness playlist. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "Read This Story and Get Happier," 28 May 2018 An unscientific survey of high-schoolers and teachers confirmed Juul’s virality. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Vaping gone viral: the astonishing surge in teens’ e-cigarette use," 18 Dec. 2018 There is not yet independent confirmation of his claim, but scientists and regulators have been swift to condemn the experiment as unethical and unscientific. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Gene-editing scientist under scrutiny by Chinese officials," 28 Nov. 2018 Rebecca even took her own — unscientific — poll, drawing nearly 240,000 responses. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Beach or door? Viral meme stumps the internet," 31 Aug. 2018 Now granted my sample of hormone-taking friends is extremely small and completely unscientific. Christina Boufis, Woman's Day, "Health + Fitness," 19 Aug. 2010 But his plan for turning out voters is decidedly unscientific. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 In an unscientific but thorough search of parking lots, hotels and restaurants along this 7-mile stretch of luxury, there isn't one female parking valet in sight. David Hansen, latimes.com, "In search of the female parking valet," 2 May 2018 Evaluating draft prospects is an unscientific process that entails a fair bit of guesswork. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Superlatives: Biggest Sleeper, Safest Pick And More," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of unscientific

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unscientific was circa 1775

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English Language Learners Definition of unscientific

: not done in a way that agrees with the methods of science : not scientific


un·​sci·​en·​tif·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik How to pronounce unscientific (audio) \

Kids Definition of unscientific

: not using or applying the methods or principles of science : not scientific an unscientific explanation

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