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 unscientific claims an unscientific approach

Other Words from unscientific

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 Recently, through an unscientific poll among my Black friends, I have been reminded that peach cobbler actually isn’t the Blackest dessert. Deesha Philyaw, WSJ, 2 June 2022 These surveys that rate a broad spectrum of professions every year are usually based on random factors, which are typically unscientific and can lead to different outcomes. Modar Bakir, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The evidence gathered by the subcommittee paints a picture of an administration's pandemic response driven by a mix of solid public health advice, political considerations, unscientific personal opinion, and incompetence. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2021 Critics have complained that the former president did not take the pandemic seriously, missed the chance to halt its slow before the virus became widespread and sometimes touted unscientific remedies. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Dec. 2021 Groups like Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion will be given a platform (virtual and actual), despite their long history of unscientific claims. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 In an entirely unscientific indication of how rich this line of inquiry is, Theater J, one of the nation’s leading Jewish theaters, has already received 70 submissions for the project. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Though Latter-day Saints made up over half the responses to our unscientific survey, plenty of other faiths were represented. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Mar. 2022 In my small, unscientific personal sample of friends, that’s certainly true. Jennifer Senior, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unscientific

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Unscientific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscientific. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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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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