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[ soo-doh-sahy-uh ns ]
/ ˌsu doʊˈsaɪ əns /


any of various methods, theories, or systems, as astrology, psychokinesis, or clairvoyance, considered as having no scientific basis.

Nearby words

pseudorickets, pseudorosette, pseudosarcoma, pseudoscalar, pseudoscarlatina, pseudoscience, pseudosclerosis, pseudoscope, pseudoscopy, pseudoscorpion, pseudosentence

Origin of pseudoscience

First recorded in 1835–45; pseudo- + science
Related formspseu·do·sci·en·tif·ic [soo-doh-sahy-uh n-tif-ik] /ˌsu doʊˌsaɪ ənˈtɪf ɪk/, adjectivepseu·do·sci·en·tif·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·sci·en·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pseudoscience

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  • They thus founded the pseudoscience denominated phrenology, which we now know has practically nothing to justify itself.

  • The subject in question is the old familiar one of false inductions or pseudoscience.

British Dictionary definitions for pseudoscience


/ (ˌsjuːdəʊˈsaɪəns) /


a discipline or approach that pretends to be or has a close resemblance to science
Derived Formspseudoscientific, adjective
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

Culture definitions for pseudoscience


[ (sooh-doh-seye-uhns) ]

A system of theories or assertions about the natural world that claim or appear to be scientific but that, in fact, are not. For example, astronomy is a science, but astrology is generally viewed as a pseudoscience.

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