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scientific theory

noun
1.
a coherent group of propositions formulated to explain a group of facts or phenomena in the natural world and repeatedly confirmed through experiment or observation:
the scientific theory of evolution.
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  • Certainly, a scientific theory cannot appeal to considerations of this kind.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • Is the scientific theory better in this case than the popular?

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
  • I repeat it: the time was not yet ripe for a scientific theory.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • It is, in fact, the scientific theory of the conservation of energy.

  • The same may be said about the scientific theory of evolution.

    Heart and Soul Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
  • The educated and thoughtful minds of India, however, accept the more rational and scientific theory of Reincarnation.

    Reincarnation Swami Abhedananda
  • Such systems must accept human nature as a fact, and as the basis of a scientific theory.

  • Impressions cawt short: John W. (werewolf) Campbell, a scientific theory in a potato sack suit with high rubber boots to match.

  • For our information is not yet adequate to a scientific theory of the Origin of Religion, and probably never will be.

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