- any of various methods, theories, or systems, as astrology, psychokinesis, or clairvoyance, considered as having no scientific basis.
Origin of pseudoscience
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Examples from the Web for pseudo-science
I shall begin, my friends, with the definition of a Pseudo-science.The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
Along with the growth of real science there has gone on also a growth of pseudo-science.
What could this pseudo-science give them in exchange for such a revelation as that?My Path to Atheism
Astrology is the typical example of pseudo-science in medicine.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
But then Nordau's had been pseudo-science—three-quarters impertinence and conceit.Love's Pilgrimage
- a discipline or approach that pretends to be or has a close resemblance to science
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Word Origin and History for 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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