scientific method

noun

Definition of scientific method

: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses

Examples of scientific method in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And because reaching different conclusions based on new data is foundational to the scientific method, researchers like me must always stay open to new evidence. Sian Beilock, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Doyle applied the scientific method to detective work before the police did as a whole, and in several instances pioneered concepts and techniques ahead of their time. Roy Schwartz, CNN, 20 May 2022 These techniques are known collectively as the scientific method, and its rise was critical to liberalism’s struggle against religion. Francis Fukuyama, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Here are two examples of the scientific method at work in our business efforts. Borya Shakhnovich, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Israeli leaders regularly cite archaeological finds to strengthen their claim to the Holy City, whereas a host of international organizations denounce any excavations—no matter how impeccable the scientific method—in areas considered occupied. Andrew Lawler, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 As in the scientific method, test new technology against a control to show clear ROI. Prasad Akella, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The whole enterprise of neoclassical economics has presented itself as a neutral application of the scientific method to the study of economics. Francis Fukuyama, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The scientific method is a procedure that has defined natural science for centuries. Borya Shakhnovich, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of scientific method

1672, in the meaning defined above

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“Scientific method.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scientific%20method. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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scientific method

noun

Medical Definition of scientific method

: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses

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