un·sci·en·tif·ic | \ˌən-ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik \

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 \ adverb

Examples of unscientific in a Sentence

I conducted an unscientific survey.

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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 District officials took issue with the newspapers’ testing, calling the methods unscientific and unreliable. Wendy Ruderman, Philly.com, "$15.7M for emergency Philly school repairs to be announced by Hite, Wolf on Friday," 29 June 2018 Through it, one views the world as if from within a cave; and the world is more spectacular and unscientific. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The First World," 21 June 2018 Based on what is an admittedly unscientific survey, in a report released this week, Mr. Lander’s office found that the account sent out tweets about 479 signal failures of all sizes from December through February. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "How Often Do Subway Signals Fail? Ask Twitter," 28 Mar. 2018 The rankings, while completely unscientific and definitely up for debate, are based, in part, on the players' current and recent success, their status on their team and in their league, and their career achievement. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU Power Index: LT's sterling career, reputation keeps shine glowing on Frogs," 22 June 2018 Nevada, Oklahoma, Florida and Alaska round out Magary's unscientific Top 5. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan is the best-shaped state in America, writer says," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of unscientific

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of unscientific

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

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