Definition of scientific in English:

scientific

Syllabification: sci·en·tif·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌsīənˈtifik
 
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adjective

1Based on or characterized by the methods and principles of science: the scientific study of earthquakes
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  • On the other hand, industries that rely more on empirical rather than scientific knowledge do less research.
  • The object of the life of study is philosophical or scientific understanding.
  • In the scientific community, the study of alternatives to animal research has become respectable in some quarters.
Synonyms
1.1Relating to or used in science: scientific instruments
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  • It focuses on the scientific approaches towards finding whether we are the only living creatures in the universe.
  • At first glance the literary and scientific approaches to language might seem to be diametrically opposed.
  • There is no mention of the need to develop clinical guidelines or a scientific approach to screening.
1.2 informal Systematic; methodical: how many people buy food in an organized, scientific way?
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  • Editors should be scientific in their methodology and humanistic in its application.
  • Fair rents are established by an individual consideration of a statutory definition that defies scientific precision.
  • If you need to be scientific for purposes of the Talmud, so be it.
Synonyms
systematic, methodical, organized, well organized, ordered, orderly, meticulous, rigorous; exact, precise, accurate, mathematical; analytical, rational

Origin

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).

Derivatives

scientifically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • In survey after survey, scientifically, a good breakfast is very important.
  • Now, nearly 35 years later, the duo has scientifically proven the obvious.
  • There are nearly 160 types of arthritis and each disease can be treated scientifically.

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