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 unscientific (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unscientific in a Sentence

I conducted an unscientific survey.
Recent Examples on the Web The commitment to a totally scientific view of the world has led to theories that may be unscientific, according to Popper’s definition of science. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, "Of Miracles and Multiverses," 22 Mar. 2021 His unscientific pronouncements have prompted criticism from the nation’s top infectious disease and public health experts, including Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Nov. 13-19," 22 Nov. 2020 The narratives are shaped by media commentary, pundits’ predictions and highly unscientific polls, sustained by pricey campaigns and sometimes complicated by studio smear tactics. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Democracy and the movies: simple acts of solidarity under threat," 30 Oct. 2020 The reigning best small airport in the country, at least according to an unscientific online poll by USA Today, is going for two in a row. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Cast your vote: Is Huntsville still the nation’s top small airport?," 23 Jan. 2021 According to my very unscientific polling of a dozen or so hunters across the country, most of us fall somewhere in between these two extremes. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, "Hunting Can Ruin Your Marriage. Or Make It Stronger," 15 Dec. 2020 Our unscientific survey of more than 50 hotels, motels and other lodgings showed widely mixed results, with the order garnering stronger allegiance in Northern California, weaker in Southern California. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "Most of California bans vacation stays, but travelers, lodgings aren’t in line," 15 Dec. 2020 In a completely unscientific survey, one cleveland.com editor mailed dozens of Christmas cards on Nov. 30. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "Coronavirus delays plague Cleveland Post Office during holidays," 10 Dec. 2020 The Tribune’s unscientific reader poll drew more than 5,000 responses as of Thursday afternoon, with Moutsos receiving the top share of votes, at 51%. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake Tribune readers make a surprising pick for Utahn of the Year," 25 Dec. 2020

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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 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unscientific

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


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Kids Definition of unscientific

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

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