- of or relating to science or the sciences: scientific studies.
- occupied or concerned with science: scientific experts.
- regulated by or conforming to the principles of exact science: scientific procedures.
- systematic or accurate in the manner of an exact science.
Origin of scientific
Examples from the Web for scientific
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
Their three-day scientific outing was paid for by Epstein and was big success.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
She wanted to know what happened over five years, or even 10, but the scientific literature had little to offer.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
By the late 1600s, chemists and herbalists had begun to concoct their own scientific mixtures for curing the hangover.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
The two scientific stories resort to the equivalent of Mathematics for Dummies andPhysics for Dummies.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
It has, moreover, received the final stamp of scientific approval.
To make it such is in every respect the reverse of scientific.
There is also a variety of scientific mysticism, if such an expression may be permitted.
Now, far be it from us to belittle the splendor of this scientific vision.
We have brains, and with our brains we must do in a scientific way what Nature does with tooth and claw.Her Father's Daughter
- (prenominal) of, relating to, derived from, or used in sciencescientific equipment
- (prenominal) occupied in sciencescientific manpower
- conforming with the principles or methods used in sciencea scientific approach
Word Origin and History for scientific
1580s, from Middle French scientifique, from Medieval Latin scientificus "pertaining to science," from Latin scientia "knowledge" (see science) + -ficus "making" + facere "to make" (see factitious). Originally used to translate Greek epistemonikos "making knowledge" in Aristotle's "Ethics."
Sciential (mid-15c., "based on knowledge," from Latin scientialis) is the classical purists' choice for an adjective based on science. Scientic (1540s) and scient (late 15c.) also have been used. First record of scientific revolution is from 1803; scientific method is from 1854; scientific notation is from 1961. Related: Scientifical; scientifically.