Definition of scientific in US English:

scientific

adjective

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

    ‘the scientific study of earthquakes’
    • ‘And so, the first scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions, was published in 1665.’
    • ‘Your son's experience may not be scientific, but it certainly is convincing.’
    • ‘That all depends on how valid his scientific research is, now doesn't it?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But as scientific knowledge has grown so too have the perceived dimensions of the legal problems of conservation.’
    • ‘New scientific evidence shows consistent patterns of decline of functioning for four different types of dying.’
    • ‘The object of the life of study is philosophical or scientific understanding.’
    • ‘He is eagerly interested in anything scientific in nature, and careless about the feelings of people around him.’
    • ‘In the scientific community, the study of alternatives to animal research has become respectable in some quarters.’
    • ‘Now, however, there should be no doubt that it had no sound scientific basis.’
    • ‘Remember, now, this poll is not scientific.’
    • ‘And this is a matter about which there can be sensible debate based on a scientific or at least rational understanding of the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other hand, industries that rely more on empirical rather than scientific knowledge do less research.’
    • ‘Again, it piggybacks off a common theory - the idea of paradigm shifts in scientific understanding.’
    • ‘Should the real scientific community participate in this show trial at all?’
    • ‘But recently it has dawned on me that scientific research is a career worth pursuing.’
    • ‘Empirically a scientific fact has a higher probability of being correct, and should be considered on that basis.’
    technological, technical
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or used in science.
      ‘scientific instruments’
      • ‘In Taiwan, there is at present a sharp increase in demand for sophisticated scientific laboratory instruments.’
      • ‘There is no mention of the need to develop clinical guidelines or a scientific approach to screening.’
      • ‘We can do it with our own mind - we don't need scientific instruments.’
      • ‘If that were true, it would be hard indeed to understand his very cautious approach to other scientific problems.’
      • ‘The shortcomings of a scientific approach have produced doctors in conflict with their patients.’
      • ‘At first glance the literary and scientific approaches to language might seem to be diametrically opposed.’
      • ‘It is probably the case that a purely scientific approach may actually work for some who are suffering.’
      • ‘And we can talk of the reasonable, or scientific, approach to understanding the world.’
      • ‘His scientific instruments are characterised by their stylish lettering and decoration.’
      • ‘Emphasizing the scientific approach can lead to a company losing sight of the holistic perceptions of its customers.’
      • ‘An inventory of the scientific instruments collection has been published this year.’
      • ‘A photographic business and a scientific instruments department were soon added.’
      • ‘It focuses on the scientific approaches towards finding whether we are the only living creatures in the universe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It carries seven scientific instruments which it will use to probe the mysterious planet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A specialist who deals in antique scientific instruments has one with a price tag of £2,800.’
      • ‘Innovative scientific approaches have become all the more essential recently.’
    2. 1.2informal Systematic; methodical.
      ‘how many people buy food in an organized, scientific way?’
      • ‘Neither of them had officially completed high school, but they were certainly educated and scientific in their approach.’
      • ‘It is a scientific approach to testing intelligence and knowledge.’
      • ‘He had a distinctly scientific approach to eating and was never more satisfied than when digesting the rarest species known to the palate.’
      • ‘He was a campaigner for a scientific approach to the understanding of history and an advocate of resistance to power, in state or church.’
      • ‘Even the novice designer can take the time to use a scientific approach to color selection.’
      • ‘It has shown me how to utilize a scientific approach in analyzing health care businesses.’
      • ‘Institute have demonstrated there may be a more scientific approach to diet design.’
      • ‘Editors should be scientific in their methodology and humanistic in its application.’
      • ‘It is a scientific approach to determine whether your investment strategies hold water before you start to invest with real money.’
      • ‘The traces of a scientific approach are still quite evident in Music of the Orient, but they are used in other ways.’
      • ‘The Royal Society sought to put all speculation to rest with a truly scientific approach.’
      • ‘I am sure all of your readers would agree with this scientific approach to setting policy.’
      • ‘I've never made this bodybuilding thing very scientific.’
      • ‘Like many Progressives, he believed in a rational, scientific approach to reform.’
      • ‘If you need to be scientific for purposes of the Talmud, so be it.’
      • ‘This problem cries for attention and a scientific approach to prevention or early intervention.’
      • ‘Fair rents are established by an individual consideration of a statutory definition that defies scientific precision.’
      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

/ˌsīənˈtifik//ˌsaɪənˈtɪfɪk/