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[mek-uh-nis-tik] /ˌmɛk əˈnɪs tɪk/
of or relating to the theory of mechanism or to mechanists.
of or relating to mechanics.
Origin of mechanistic
First recorded in 1880-85; mechanist + -ic
Related forms
mechanistically, adverb
antimechanistic, adjective
antimechanistically, adverb
nonmechanistic, adjective
semimechanistic, adjective
unmechanistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mechanistic
Historical Examples
  • This explains, in some measure, the mechanistic tendencies of physiology.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • As in the mechanistic hypothesis, here again it is supposed that all is given.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • They had only the mechanistic world of their ships—which were vehicles, not a land.

  • The facts in their isolation, taken as complete in themselves, are not mechanistic.

  • Perhaps it is not clear what I mean by "the mechanistic outlook."

    The Problem of China Bertrand Russell
  • How can we, with our mechanistic science, speak of effort, and of will to do better?

  • He took over the mechanistic principle and handled it as never a man had done before; he became the mechanizer of the world.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • This is, I think, the proper use of the term creative in a mechanistic sense.

  • Kate had been rash enough to endeavor to explain something of the Fulhams' theories regarding the mechanistic conception of life.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • The causal explanation must be mechanistic, if we are not to postulate a metaphysical entity as first cause.

British Dictionary definitions for mechanistic


(philosophy) of or relating to the theory of mechanism
(maths) of or relating to mechanics
Derived Forms
mechanistically, adverb
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mechanistic in Medicine

mechanistic mech·a·nis·tic (měk'ə-nĭs'tĭk)

  1. Mechanically determined.

  2. Of or relating to the philosophy of mechanism, especially one that tends to explain phenomena only by reference to physical or biological causes.

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