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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Free Press, in an unscientific survey, interviewed five Michigan voters who identified themselves as Independents in past telephone surveys conducted by EPIC-MRA. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "When it comes to judging Whitmer's performance as governor, 2020 will be key," 3 Jan. 2020 Solages, a member of the Assembly Health Committee, said that while no procedure exists that can actually prove virginity, such unscientific tests still occur. NBC News, "T.I.'s remarks on daughter prompt N.Y. lawmakers to propose ban on 'virginity testing'," 3 Dec. 2019 According to reporting conducted by Marie Claire and the Fuller Project, American girls and women are undergoing the unscientific procedure, whether forced or willingly submitting, citing religious beliefs that celebrate virginity. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "Virginity Testing: A Global Crisis," 30 Oct. 2019 And so began my unscientific experiments with hangover recovery products. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appétit, "I Tried Those New, Flashy Hangover Cures to See If They Worked," 25 Oct. 2019 Another interesting statistic: According to a quick, unscientific Internet search using the search engine DuckDuckGo, at the end of 2018, over 2.8 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) jobs were projected to go unfilled. Chuck Gait, baltimoresun.com, "Reservoir High School’s print newspaper back after 15 years," 16 Oct. 2019 My unscientific survey of parents and caregivers who responded to a Twitter callout suggested that accommodations like the bench are becoming an industry standard at mall-Santa villages across the country. Alex Pappademas, The New Yorker, "A Reconsideration of Santa’s Lap," 19 Dec. 2019 An unscientific survey by the task force found about 16% of respondents opposed moving back start times, and the rest were divided between wanting change districtwide, only in their schools, or in specific areas chosen for a pilot project. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "In a nod to biology, some Denver-area school districts look to later start times for middle, high school students," 6 Dec. 2019 According to the results of the day’s unscientific Globe poll — conducted with a margin of error of plus or minus two Jell-O shots — two-thirds of women interviewed would sack their significant other to marry the six-time Super Bowl champ. BostonGlobe.com, "Would you leave your husband or boyfriend for Brady?," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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“Unscientific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscientific. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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