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  1. of or relating to the theory of mechanism or to mechanists.
  2. of or relating to mechanics.
  3. mechanical.
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Origin of mechanistic

First recorded in 1880–85; mechanist + -ic
Related formsmech·a·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·mech·a·nis·tic, adjectivean·ti·mech·a·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·mech·a·nis·tic, adjectivesem·i·mech·a·nis·tic, adjectiveun·mech·a·nis·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mechanistic

Historical Examples

  • This explains, in some measure, the mechanistic tendencies of physiology.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • As in the mechanistic hypothesis, here again it is supposed that all is given.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • They had only the mechanistic world of their ships—which were vehicles, not a land.

  • The facts in their isolation, taken as complete in themselves, are not mechanistic.

  • Perhaps it is not clear what I mean by "the mechanistic outlook."

    The Problem of China

    Bertrand Russell

British Dictionary definitions for mechanistic


  1. philosophy of or relating to the theory of mechanism
  2. maths of or relating to mechanics
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Derived Formsmechanistically, adverb
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mechanistic in Medicine


  1. Mechanically determined.
  2. Of or relating to the philosophy of mechanism, especially one that tends to explain phenomena only by reference to physical or biological causes.
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