Definition of scientific in US English:



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

    ‘the scientific study of earthquakes’
    • ‘The object of the life of study is philosophical or scientific understanding.’
    • ‘Now, however, there should be no doubt that it had no sound scientific basis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But as scientific knowledge has grown so too have the perceived dimensions of the legal problems of conservation.’
    • ‘Their study now provides a sound scientific basis for the present standard of care.’
    • ‘Should the real scientific community participate in this show trial at all?’
    • ‘On the other hand, industries that rely more on empirical rather than scientific knowledge do less research.’
    • ‘Only recently, however, has the behaviour become the subject of scientific study, and research remains in its infancy.’
    • ‘Your son's experience may not be scientific, but it certainly is convincing.’
    • ‘Again, it piggybacks off a common theory - the idea of paradigm shifts in scientific understanding.’
    • ‘He is eagerly interested in anything scientific in nature, and careless about the feelings of people around him.’
    • ‘New scientific evidence shows consistent patterns of decline of functioning for four different types of dying.’
    • ‘That all depends on how valid his scientific research is, now doesn't it?’
    • ‘And this is a matter about which there can be sensible debate based on a scientific or at least rational understanding of the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the scientific community, the study of alternatives to animal research has become respectable in some quarters.’
    • ‘And so, the first scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions, was published in 1665.’
    • ‘But recently it has dawned on me that scientific research is a career worth pursuing.’
    • ‘Remember, now, this poll is not scientific.’
    technological, technical
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or used in science.
      ‘scientific instruments’
      • ‘A specialist who deals in antique scientific instruments has one with a price tag of £2,800.’
      • ‘It carries seven scientific instruments which it will use to probe the mysterious planet.’
      • ‘Many scientific instruments have been developed because of the unreliability or inadequacy of perception.’
      • ‘His scientific instruments are characterised by their stylish lettering and decoration.’
      • ‘An inventory of the scientific instruments collection has been published this year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At first glance the literary and scientific approaches to language might seem to be diametrically opposed.’
      • ‘There were also scientific instrument makers and optical experts on the Imperial payroll.’
      • ‘It is probably the case that a purely scientific approach may actually work for some who are suffering.’
      • ‘But neo-Darwinism has also in many cases abandoned proper scientific inquiry.’
      • ‘Emphasizing the scientific approach can lead to a company losing sight of the holistic perceptions of its customers.’
      • ‘Innovative scientific approaches have become all the more essential recently.’
      • ‘It focuses on the scientific approaches towards finding whether we are the only living creatures in the universe.’
      • ‘A photographic business and a scientific instruments department were soon added.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For Copernicus, this meant gazing at the stars through scientific instruments of his own invention.’
    2. 1.2informal Systematic; methodical.
      ‘how many people buy food in an organized, scientific way?’
      • ‘It has shown me how to utilize a scientific approach in analyzing health care businesses.’
      • ‘The Royal Society sought to put all speculation to rest with a truly scientific approach.’
      • ‘Fair rents are established by an individual consideration of a statutory definition that defies scientific precision.’
      • ‘It is a scientific approach to determine whether your investment strategies hold water before you start to invest with real money.’
      • ‘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 am sure all of your readers would agree with this scientific approach to setting policy.’
      • ‘If you need to be scientific for purposes of the Talmud, so be it.’
      • ‘Neither of them had officially completed high school, but they were certainly educated and scientific in their approach.’
      • ‘This problem cries for attention and a scientific approach to prevention or early intervention.’
      • ‘Institute have demonstrated there may be a more scientific approach to diet design.’
      • ‘Like many Progressives, he believed in a rational, scientific approach to reform.’
      • ‘Even the novice designer can take the time to use a scientific approach to color selection.’
      • ‘He was a campaigner for a scientific approach to the understanding of history and an advocate of resistance to power, in state or church.’
      • ‘It is a scientific approach to testing intelligence and knowledge.’
      • ‘I've never made this bodybuilding thing very scientific.’
      • ‘Editors should be scientific in their methodology and humanistic in its application.’
      systematic, methodical, organized, well organized, ordered, orderly, meticulous, rigorous, exact, precise, accurate, mathematical, regulated, controlled
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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).