Definition of unscientific in English:



  • 1Not in accordance with scientific principles or methodology.

    ‘our whole approach is hopelessly unscientific’
    • ‘According to my own unscientific survey, the average woman prefers a man who simply smells good and is free of scratchy stubble.’
    • ‘The vital principle was discarded as unscientific and an unwarranted intrusion of philosophy into science.’
    • ‘Only time will tell, of course, but I decided to do a very informal, unscientific survey of children.’
    • ‘Surely such claims are not open to disproof, and are therefore in principle unscientific.’
    • ‘The observations were branded as unscientific and the product of insufficiently rigorous methods.’
    • ‘Social scientists argue that the discipline is unscientific due to methodologically weak research, while police officers appear sceptical about its benefits for solving crime.’
    • ‘He said the survey in the ‘Stars and Stripes’ newspaper was what he termed informal and unscientific.’
    • ‘But your conclusions are suspect because of the completely unscientific nature of your analysis.’
    • ‘The principal evidence giving rise to this suspicion is O'Sullivan's unscientific and scant sampling of specimens from explored regions.’
    • ‘For the final selection, you could take the unscientific approach and rely on verbal references or informal feedback from the candidates' colleagues.’
    • ‘I have just posted here another email from one of my scientific correspondents about unscientific scientists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pacetown writes about scientific and unscientific opinion polls.’
    • ‘Workers are prepared to give away their passwords for a cheap pen, according to a somewhat unscientific - but still illuminating - survey published today.’
    • ‘Using an unscientific method did not stop the government from announcing the results as good news.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Media polls, whether scientific or the online unscientific variety, reflect the job media have done in shaping public opinion.’
    • ‘His analysis reveals numerous unscientific, irrational, and often emotional factors affecting the conduct of war and its termination.’
    • ‘Similarly, some very general theories in social science may be true but unscientific according to the standards of the physical and biological sciences.’
    informal, unreliable, based on hearsay
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  • 2Lacking knowledge of or interest in science.

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