un·​sci·​en·​tif·​ic ˌən-ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik How to pronounce unscientific (audio)
: 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
unscientifically adverb

Examples of unscientific in a Sentence

I conducted an unscientific survey.
Recent Examples on the Web After respondents to the unscientific survey voted yes, Musk committed to finding a new CEO. Faiz Siddiqui, Jeremy B. Merrill, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2023 The best day for a rage hike, in my very unscientific opinion, is a Tuesday. Kelcie Pegher, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Talking about liminal places and collective solitude strikes me as a way of sneaking some scientific-sounding rigor into a subject that is fundamentally unscientific—of exchanging an old, stodgy fairy tale for a fancy-sounding new one. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2023 This did not mean their theories were unscientific. Conor Feehly, Discover Magazine, 22 June 2023 Somers says his unscientific analysis from probing and crawling around the site indicates the presence of three underground pyramids on that hillside. Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2023 Many were poor and indigent and subjected to treatments that were misguided, unscientific and cruel. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2023 Based on my own completely unscientific and biased personal research, Barbie weddings provided a mainstay of imaginary play. Madeleine Deliee, Parents, 1 Aug. 2023 My unscientific guess is that the spread has gotten much wider since then. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 25 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​sci·​en·​tif·​ic ˌən-ˌsī-ən-ˈtif-ik How to pronounce unscientific (audio)
: not scientific: as
: not being in agreement with the principles and methods of science
an unscientific poll
: not showing scientific knowledge or familiarity with scientific methods
an unscientific explanation
unscientifically adverb

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