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[ sahy-uhn-tif-ik ]


  1. of or relating to science or the sciences:

    scientific studies.

  2. occupied or concerned with science:

    scientific experts.

  3. regulated by or conforming to the principles of exact science:

    scientific procedures.

  4. systematic or accurate in the manner of an exact science.


/ ˌsaɪənˈtɪfɪk /


  1. prenominal of, relating to, derived from, or used in science

    scientific equipment

  2. prenominal occupied in science

    scientific manpower

  3. conforming with the principles or methods used in science

    a scientific approach

“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

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Derived Forms

  • ˌscienˈtifically, adverb
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Other Words From

  • scien·tifi·cal·ly adverb
  • anti·scien·tific adjective
  • anti·scien·tifi·cal·ly adverb
  • counter·scien·tific adjective
  • nonsci·en·tific adjective
  • nonsci·en·tifi·cal·ly adverb
  • presci·en·tific adjective
  • prosci·en·tific adjective
  • quasi-scien·tific adjective
  • quasi-scien·tifi·cal·ly adverb
  • super·scien·tific adjective
  • super·scien·tifi·cal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of scientific1

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

Once the scientific community accepts those results as valid, researchers — or the companies they work for — approach regulators such as the Food and Drug Administration.

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Then as now, some scientific cases are stronger than others.

We have to maintain due process, we have to respect the scientific method and science, and facts and reason.

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This isn’t the first time researchers have automated the scientific process.

While supercomputers have historically been mostly about military and scientific research—and Fugaku has already been crunching coronavirus data—they’re also increasingly being tailored to run machine learning algorithms.

The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.

And Epstein continues to steer money toward universities to advance scientific research.

Their three-day scientific outing was paid for by Epstein and was big success.

She wanted to know what happened over five years, or even 10, but the scientific literature had little to offer.

By the late 1600s, chemists and herbalists had begun to concoct their own scientific mixtures for curing the hangover.

All that scientific bric-a-brac in the cupboard had far better be thrown away.

They are raised on the strictest scientific principles and yield me the greater part of my income.

The duke was agricultural above all things; he had a model estate bristling with scientific improvement.

The gauge of railways in Great Britain was not fixed upon any scientific principle.

By the adoption of scientific principles Hope-Jones has multiplied the efficiency of Swell boxes tenfold.


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