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scientific method

a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated from these data, and the hypothesis is empirically tested.
Origin of scientific method
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Or, as conventional as ever, our own method is the scientific method of assimilating.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • And Christianity follows the scientific method of starting with the facts.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • These two methods are the classical and the scientific method.

  • There is one scientific method, and the results achieved by it are common.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Therefore, it has never been written according to the scientific method.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
  • She may have failed in scientific method; but here is a scientific spirit.

    Daughters of the Puritans Seth Curtis Beach
British Dictionary definitions for scientific method

scientific method

a method of investigation in which a problem is first identified and observations, experiments, or other relevant data are then used to construct or test hypotheses that purport to solve it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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scientific method in Medicine

scientific method sci·en·tif·ic method (sī'ən-tĭf'ĭk)
The principles and empirical processes of discovery and demonstration considered characteristic of or necessary for scientific investigation, generally involving the observation of phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis concerning the phenomena, experimentation to demonstrate the truth or falseness of the hypothesis, and a conclusion that validates or modifies the hypothesis.

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scientific method in Culture

scientific method definition

An orderly technique of investigation that is supposed to account for scientific progress. The method consists of the following steps: (1) Careful observations of nature. (2) Deduction of natural laws. (3) Formation of hypotheses — generalizations of those laws to previously unobserved phenomena. (4) Experimental or observational testing of the validity of the predictions thus made. Actually, scientific discoveries rarely occur in this idealized, wholly rational, and orderly fashion.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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