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pseudoscience

[soo-doh-sahy-uh ns] /ˌsu doʊˈsaɪ əns/
noun
1.
any of various methods, theories, or systems, as astrology, psychokinesis, or clairvoyance, considered as having no scientific basis.
Origin of pseudoscience
1835-1845
1835-45; pseudo- + science
Related forms
pseudoscientific
[soo-doh-sahy-uh n-tif-ik] /ˌsu doʊˌsaɪ ənˈtɪf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
pseudoscientifically, adverb
pseudoscientist, noun
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pseudoscience

/ˌsjuːdəʊˈsaɪəns/
noun
1.
a discipline or approach that pretends to be or has a close resemblance to science
Derived Forms
pseudoscientific, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pseudo-science
n.

also pseudoscience, "a pretended or mistaken science," 1796 (the earliest reference is to alchemy), from pseudo- + science.

The term pseudo-science is hybrid, and therefore objectionable. Pseudognosy would be better etymology, but the unlearned might be apt to association with it the idea of a dog's nose, and thus, instead of taking "the eel of science by the tail," take the cur of science by the snout; so that all things considered we had better adopt the current term pseudo-sciences ["The Pseudo-Sciences," in "The St. James Magazine," January 1842]

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pseudoscience [(sooh-doh-seye-uhns)]

A system of theories or assertions about the natural world that claim or appear to be scientific but that, in fact, are not. For example, astronomy is a science, but astrology is generally viewed as a pseudoscience.

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