[ bey-koh-nee-uhn ]

  1. of or relating to the philosopher Francis Bacon or his doctrines.

  1. an adherent of the Baconian philosophy.

Origin of Baconian

First recorded in 1805–15; Bacon + -ian

Other words from Baconian

  • an·ti-Ba·co·ni·an, adjective, noun
  • Ba·co·ni·an·ism, Ba·co·nism [bey-kuh-niz-uhm], /ˈbeɪ kəˌnɪz əm/, noun
  • pre-Ba·co·ni·an, adjective, noun
  • pro-Ba·co·ni·an, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Baconian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Baconian in a sentence

  • Mill, like his Scottish rivals, applies 'Baconian' principles.

  • Wait half an hour, then open the cell, introduce a Shakespearite and a Baconian, and let them cipher and assume.

  • The second three of the Baconian six were “presumably” spent by the Stratford lad as apprentice to a butcher.

  • Of all the important physical discoveries, there is not one which shows that its author made it by the Baconian instrument.

    Pioneers of Science | Oliver Lodge
  • No Baconian creed will in the future limit the operations of the intellect.

    Major Prophets of To-Day | Edwin E. Slosson

British Dictionary definitions for Baconian


/ (beɪˈkəʊnɪən) /

  1. of or relating to Francis Bacon, the philosopher, or to his inductive method of reasoning

  1. a follower of Bacon's philosophy

  2. one who believes that plays attributed to Shakespeare were written by Bacon

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