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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for mechanistically


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