Definition of mechanistic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmekəˈnistik/


1Relating to theories that explain phenomena in purely physical or deterministic terms: a mechanistic interpretation of nature
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  • Human behavior is to be explained in terms of mechanistic causes, just as the behavior of all natural phenomena are to be explained.
  • The true philosophy of Cudworth's intellectual system combines mechanistic atomism with Platonic metaphysics.
  • Both sides assume an essentially deterministic, mechanistic view of nature.
1.1Determined by physical processes alone: he insisted that animals were entirely mechanistic
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  • They do not accept that the biological world is governed by mechanistic processes determined by laws of nature.
  • I believe that physicians and patients may be responding to how mechanistic the practice of medicine has become.



Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
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  • So there's no evidence, mechanistically, on either side of the hypothesis.
  • One of my objections to the hypothesis has been that it's hard to rationalize, mechanistically.
  • This may be so even though they may differ mechanistically.

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Syllabification: mech·a·nis·tic

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