Definition of unscientific in US English:



  • 1Not in accordance with scientific principles or methodology.

    ‘our whole approach is hopelessly unscientific’
    • ‘His analysis reveals numerous unscientific, irrational, and often emotional factors affecting the conduct of war and its termination.’
    • ‘This year, the Taipei Times did an informal, unscientific online poll of college students from Taiwan in the US which covered a few key issues that concern Chen.’
    • ‘The principal evidence giving rise to this suspicion is O'Sullivan's unscientific and scant sampling of specimens from explored regions.’
    • ‘I have just posted here another email from one of my scientific correspondents about unscientific scientists.’
    • ‘Only time will tell, of course, but I decided to do a very informal, unscientific survey of children.’
    • ‘Social scientists argue that the discipline is unscientific due to methodologically weak research, while police officers appear sceptical about its benefits for solving crime.’
    • ‘An unscientific analysis of Raftery's poem then might lead one to conclude that our winters are getting colder, not warmer, as many environmentalists would have us believe.’
    • ‘Using an unscientific method did not stop the government from announcing the results as good news.’
    • ‘The vital principle was discarded as unscientific and an unwarranted intrusion of philosophy into science.’
    • ‘Media polls, whether scientific or the online unscientific variety, reflect the job media have done in shaping public opinion.’
    • ‘Surely such claims are not open to disproof, and are therefore in principle unscientific.’
    • ‘For the final selection, you could take the unscientific approach and rely on verbal references or informal feedback from the candidates' colleagues.’
    • ‘Workers are prepared to give away their passwords for a cheap pen, according to a somewhat unscientific - but still illuminating - survey published today.’
    • ‘Similarly, some very general theories in social science may be true but unscientific according to the standards of the physical and biological sciences.’
    • ‘According to my own unscientific survey, the average woman prefers a man who simply smells good and is free of scratchy stubble.’
    • ‘Pacetown writes about scientific and unscientific opinion polls.’
    • ‘But your conclusions are suspect because of the completely unscientific nature of your analysis.’
    • ‘He said the survey in the ‘Stars and Stripes’ newspaper was what he termed informal and unscientific.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that I have no training in teaching or social work, so my methods are unscientific to say the least, but definitely from the heart.’
    • ‘The observations were branded as unscientific and the product of insufficiently rigorous methods.’
    informal, unreliable, based on hearsay
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  • 2Lacking knowledge of or interest in science.

    • ‘The editor-in-chief of the leading popular science journal Scientific American has charged creationists with being unscientific.’
    • ‘Those mindlessly stating the opposite are ill informed and unscientific, relying on outdated belief patterns rather than facts.’
    • ‘Green campaigners regularly accuse dissenters of being ‘unscientific’ because they won't go along with the majority view.’
    • ‘Bellamy joins the ranks of ‘scientists’ who have to be thoroughly unscientific in order to justify their opinions about climate change.’
    • ‘Why is the public too dumb to understand the Privy Council, too unscientific to understand genetic engineering, but is now an expert on nuclear fission?’
    irrational, unreasonable, unsound, unreasoned, unfounded, groundless, unjustifiable, unjustified
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