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hard science

any of the natural or physical sciences, as chemistry, biology, physics, or astronomy, in which aspects of the universe are investigated by means of hypotheses and experiments.
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Origin of hard science
First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But war is not a sport, it is a cold, hard science, demanding every energy of the nation for its successful pursuit.

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British Dictionary definitions for hard science

hard science

  1. one of the natural or physical sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, geology, or astronomy
  2. (as modifier): a hard-science lecture
Derived Forms
hard scientist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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hard science

noun phrase

A science such as chemistry or physics where the data and conclusions are supportable by objective criteria (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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