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 In academic and scientific communities, this manifests as the scientific method: Develop a hypothesis, devise a test and conduct the research. Chris Martin, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 History and philosophy have shown that the idea of a singular scientific method is, well, unscientific. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 21 June 2021 Experiencing the scientific method firsthand hooked her. Quanta Magazine, 3 Dec. 2021 The public is observing the scientific method up close and in real-time. Allyson Chiu And Razzan Nakhlawi, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Oct. 2021 Far from becoming a de facto spokesperson for the biopharma industry’s interests, Califf’s focus has been on protecting patients and the scientific method. Haider J. Warraich, STAT, 5 Nov. 2021 Levin also sees an inherent problem in trying to use an objective discipline like the scientific method to make sense of subjective experience. Andrea Morris, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Guests will learn about the prehistoric environment, scientific method, fossil types and species adaptation through a combination of music, humor, audience participation, special effects, puppets and performances. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2021 The students spent the day putting the scientific method into action by doing experiments. Rachel Berry, The Enquirer, 5 Nov. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scientific method.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of scientific method

1672, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About scientific method

Time Traveler for scientific method

Time Traveler

The first known use of scientific method was in 1672

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near scientific method

scientific management

scientific method

scientific name

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for scientific method

Last Updated

19 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Scientific method.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scientific%20method. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for scientific method

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

More from Merriam-Webster on scientific method

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about scientific method

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!