Definition of scientific in English:

scientific

adjective

  • 1Based on or characterized by the methods and principles of science.

    ‘the scientific study of earthquakes’
    • ‘That all depends on how valid his scientific research is, now doesn't it?’
    • ‘Remember, now, this poll is not scientific.’
    • ‘He is eagerly interested in anything scientific in nature, and careless about the feelings of people around him.’
    • ‘Your son's experience may not be scientific, but it certainly is convincing.’
    • ‘But recently it has dawned on me that scientific research is a career worth pursuing.’
    • ‘And so, the first scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions, was published in 1665.’
    • ‘Only recently, however, has the behaviour become the subject of scientific study, and research remains in its infancy.’
    • ‘Yet it seemed like all great scientific discoveries were tested first for any possible military applications.’
    • ‘Empirically a scientific fact has a higher probability of being correct, and should be considered on that basis.’
    • ‘Now, however, there should be no doubt that it had no sound scientific basis.’
    • ‘Should the real scientific community participate in this show trial at all?’
    • ‘In the scientific community, the study of alternatives to animal research has become respectable in some quarters.’
    • ‘What stands between me and an answer is not a lack of scientific studies into the properties of just actions, nor a lack of experience of justice in my life.’
    • ‘Their study now provides a sound scientific basis for the present standard of care.’
    • ‘Again, it piggybacks off a common theory - the idea of paradigm shifts in scientific understanding.’
    • ‘On the other hand, industries that rely more on empirical rather than scientific knowledge do less research.’
    • ‘The object of the life of study is philosophical or scientific understanding.’
    • ‘And this is a matter about which there can be sensible debate based on a scientific or at least rational understanding of the world.’
    • ‘New scientific evidence shows consistent patterns of decline of functioning for four different types of dying.’
    • ‘But as scientific knowledge has grown so too have the perceived dimensions of the legal problems of conservation.’
    technological, technical
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or used in science.
      ‘scientific instruments’
      • ‘Many scientific instruments have been developed because of the unreliability or inadequacy of perception.’
      • ‘For Copernicus, this meant gazing at the stars through scientific instruments of his own invention.’
      • ‘There were also scientific instrument makers and optical experts on the Imperial payroll.’
      • ‘But neo-Darwinism has also in many cases abandoned proper scientific inquiry.’
      • ‘The shortcomings of a scientific approach have produced doctors in conflict with their patients.’
      • ‘There is no mention of the need to develop clinical guidelines or a scientific approach to screening.’
      • ‘A specialist who deals in antique scientific instruments has one with a price tag of £2,800.’
      • ‘A photographic business and a scientific instruments department were soon added.’
      • ‘At first glance the literary and scientific approaches to language might seem to be diametrically opposed.’
      • ‘In Taiwan, there is at present a sharp increase in demand for sophisticated scientific laboratory instruments.’
      • ‘It focuses on the scientific approaches towards finding whether we are the only living creatures in the universe.’
      • ‘An inventory of the scientific instruments collection has been published this year.’
      • ‘Innovative scientific approaches have become all the more essential recently.’
      • ‘Emphasizing the scientific approach can lead to a company losing sight of the holistic perceptions of its customers.’
      • ‘It carries seven scientific instruments which it will use to probe the mysterious planet.’
      • ‘If that were true, it would be hard indeed to understand his very cautious approach to other scientific problems.’
      • ‘It is probably the case that a purely scientific approach may actually work for some who are suffering.’
      • ‘His scientific instruments are characterised by their stylish lettering and decoration.’
      • ‘And we can talk of the reasonable, or scientific, approach to understanding the world.’
      • ‘We can do it with our own mind - we don't need scientific instruments.’
  • 2informal Systematic; methodical.

    ‘how many people buy food in an organized, scientific way?’
    • ‘He was a campaigner for a scientific approach to the understanding of history and an advocate of resistance to power, in state or church.’
    • ‘This problem cries for attention and a scientific approach to prevention or early intervention.’
    • ‘The Royal Society sought to put all speculation to rest with a truly scientific approach.’
    • ‘It has shown me how to utilize a scientific approach in analyzing health care businesses.’
    • ‘Fair rents are established by an individual consideration of a statutory definition that defies scientific precision.’
    • ‘Even the novice designer can take the time to use a scientific approach to color selection.’
    • ‘It is a scientific approach to determine whether your investment strategies hold water before you start to invest with real money.’
    • ‘It is a scientific approach to testing intelligence and knowledge.’
    • ‘Neither of them had officially completed high school, but they were certainly educated and scientific in their approach.’
    • ‘Like many Progressives, he believed in a rational, scientific approach to reform.’
    • ‘Editors should be scientific in their methodology and humanistic in its application.’
    • ‘If you need to be scientific for purposes of the Talmud, so be it.’
    • ‘He had a distinctly scientific approach to eating and was never more satisfied than when digesting the rarest species known to the palate.’
    • ‘The traces of a scientific approach are still quite evident in Music of the Orient, but they are used in other ways.’
    • ‘I've never made this bodybuilding thing very scientific.’
    • ‘I am sure all of your readers would agree with this scientific approach to setting policy.’
    • ‘Institute have demonstrated there may be a more scientific approach to diet design.’
    systematic, methodical, organized, well organized, ordered, orderly, meticulous, rigorous, exact, precise, accurate, mathematical, regulated, controlled
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French scientifique or late Latin scientificus ‘producing knowledge’, from scientia (see science). Early use described the liberal arts as opposed to the ‘mechanic’ arts (i.e. arts requiring manual skill).

Pronunciation

scientific

/sʌɪənˈtɪfɪk/