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[bey-koh-nee-uh n]
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  1. of or relating to the philosopher Francis Bacon or his doctrines.
  1. an adherent of the Baconian philosophy.

Origin of Baconian

First recorded in 1805–15; Bacon + -ian
Related formsBa·co·ni·an·ism, Ba·co·nism [bey-kuh-niz-uh m] /ˈbeɪ kəˌnɪz əm/, nounpre-Ba·co·ni·an, adjectivepro-Ba·co·ni·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for baconian

Historical Examples

  • All the problems of woodland cookery are best saved by the baconian method.

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    Henry Van Dyke

  • The Baconian theory has found its widest acceptance in America.

  • Two words form the key of the Baconian doctrine, —— and progress.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

    James Champlin Fernald

  • Mill, like his Scottish rivals, applies 'Baconian' principles.

  • But when we turn to the Baconian philosophy, this faculty is absent.

    Nineteenth Century Questions

    James Freeman Clarke

British Dictionary definitions for baconian


  1. of or relating to Francis Bacon, the philosopher, or to his inductive method of reasoning
  1. a follower of Bacon's philosophy
  2. one who believes that plays attributed to Shakespeare were written by Bacon
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