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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During the annual congressional luncheon held by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce in April, organizers conducted an unscientific text survey of the more than 400 people there. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Green New Deal popularity among Democrats alters San Diego’s political landscape," 21 June 2019 And as much as Cubs fans might dislike St. Louis and its fans, an unscientific survey of the local bars suggests Chicago hockey fans are pulling for the Blues, if only because no one wants to see overbearing Boston fans get another parade. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Cardinals will have two things on their minds Sunday night: the Cubs and the Stanley Cup," 8 June 2019 That is just one measure, however (and a rather unscientific one at that). Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "HBO is known for its great miniseries. Is “Chernobyl” its greatest?," 5 June 2019 My oncology patients would bring articles on unscientific, sometimes dangerous treatments. Dana Corriel, SELF, "The Rise of the Social Media Doctor," 26 Apr. 2019 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

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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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