Definition of Baconian in English:


Syllabification: Ba·co·ni·an
Pronunciation: /bāˈkōnēən


  • 1Of or relating to Sir Francis Bacon or his inductive method of reasoning and philosophy.
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    • Hume's analysis has been interpreted as reinforcing Baconian inductivism, a tradition that perhaps owes as much to Hume's epistemological investigations as to the counsel of Francis Bacon himself.
    • A deeper reflection on this verse and other verses of similar import will go a long way toward warding off a Baconian infiltration of Islamic philosophy and science through the back door.
    • The Review was strongly influenced by the Baconian philosophy throughout the pre-Civil War period.
  • 1.1Relating to or denoting the theory that Bacon wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare.
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    • Its content ranged from debate over textual cruces to the latest developments in Baconian theory, and it took a particular interest in Shakespeare clubs.
    • He also took part in the Baconian controversy, arguing in favour of Shakespearian authorship, in Shakespeare, Bacon and the Great Unknown.
    • Such external circumstances at the basis of the Baconian theory assume that Shakespeare was not educated enough to have written the works attributed to him.


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  • 1An adherent of Bacon’s philosophical system.
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    • Though truth is not self-revealing (as Cartesians and Baconians thought), though certainty may be unattainable, the human situation with respect to knowledge is far from desperate.
    • The name has often been canvassed, especially by Baconians.
    • I think my favourite bit is when he travels into the future, or anyway a future, only to be sentenced to death when he lets slip that he's a Baconian, or maybe I mean Oxfordian.
  • 1.1A supporter of the theory that Bacon wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare.

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