[ sahy-uh n-tif-ik ]
/ ˌsaɪ ənˈtɪf ɪk /


of or relating to science or the sciences: scientific studies.
occupied or concerned with science: scientific experts.
regulated by or conforming to the principles of exact science: scientific procedures.
systematic or accurate in the manner of an exact science.

Origin of scientific

1580–90; < Medieval Latin scientificus, equivalent to scient- (see science) + -i - -i- + -ficus -fic

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prescientific

  • The problem of the connection of body and soul is as insoluble, in its modern form, as it was in the prescientific ages.

  • But why keep alive and circulate as truth these animal legends of the prescientific ages?

    The Last Harvest|John Burroughs
  • In what we may term "prescientific days" people were in no uncertainty about the interpretation of dreams.

    Dream Psychology|Sigmund Freud

British Dictionary definitions for prescientific (1 of 2)


/ (ˌpriːsaɪənˈtɪfɪk) /


of or relating to the period before the development of modern science and its methods

British Dictionary definitions for prescientific (2 of 2)


/ (ˌsaɪənˈtɪfɪk) /


(prenominal) of, relating to, derived from, or used in sciencescientific equipment
(prenominal) occupied in sciencescientific manpower
conforming with the principles or methods used in sciencea scientific approach

Derived Forms

scientifically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012