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natural philosophy

Syllabification: nat·u·ral phi·los·o·phy

Definition of natural philosophy in English:

noun

archaic
Natural science, especially physical science.
Example sentences
  • They weren't physicists and chemists in those days, they were natural philosophers, and natural philosophy included mathematics.
  • But she also transgressed social norms by dedicating herself to Newtonian natural philosophy.
  • Before the book was published Sneddon had returned to Glasgow as a lecturer in physics, or rather natural philosophy as the subject was called in the ancient Scottish Universities at that time.

Derivatives

natural philosopher

1
noun
Example sentences
  • On the whole, the vortex theory offered the natural philosopher a highly intuitive model of celestial phenomena that was compatible with the mechanical philosophy.
  • According to Newton, the natural philosopher may establish that phenomena are related in a certain way, but cannot establish that the relation could not be otherwise.
  • By 1704 Newton was fast becoming England's most eminent natural philosopher.

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