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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
First recorded in 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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  • We are reaping the harvest of this pseudo-scientific invasion of law.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • There is no doubt that our development of charity methods has reached this pseudo-scientific and stilted stage.

  • Surely, then, in the barbarous mind, magic is pseudo-scientific—of the nature of science.

  • The most brutal egoism is supported by pseudo-scientific applications of the theory of the survival of the fittest.

  • This memorable book is a protest against the charlatanry of the pseudo-scientific school of history.

    'I Believe' and other essays Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • But the pseudo-scientific mind and the materialistic mind is not so easily addicted to humility and pessimism.

  • This has been made into a kind of pseudo-scientific doctrine by M. Zola, in the long series of his Rougon-Macquart novels.

British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-scientific

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-scientific
adj.

also pseudoscientific, 1816; see pseudo- + scientific; also cf. pseudo-science.

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pseudo-scientific in Culture
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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