exact science


  1. a science, as chemistry or physics, that deals with quantitatively measurable phenomena of the material universe.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of exact science1

First recorded in 1860–65

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Example Sentences

Identifying the problem’s root cause isn’t an exact science, but if you troubleshoot with a methodical approach, you can rule out many potential issues one by one.

While all athletes decline at some point, the aging curve is far from an exact science.

Mocking drafts is far from an exact science, but the wisdom of the masses can offer some insight.

Think of power training more like cooking, rather than an exact science.

All cautioned that valuing a property is not an exact science.

Cooking by Hand by Paul Bertolli I love that Paul tells exact science in this book.

There is no exact science—there is thorough investigation, judgment, and instinct.

Politics is not an exact science, any more I should think than theology.

He has reduced the cultivation to almost an exact science and can obtain (the season being favorable) the color most desirable.

They are so revolting to the laws of exact science, so alien, I had almost said, to the experience of our lives.

Telephony, it is clear, both from one's own experience and from reading the letters in the papers, is not yet an exact science.

Yet, even in France, the task of transforming medicine into a natural and exact science is far from being a fait accompli.

She could never understand how a girl of healthy mind could care for mathematics, exact science, or dead languages.


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