[sahy-uh n-tif-ik]


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 formssci·en·tif·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·sci·en·tif·ic, adjectivean·ti·sci·en·tif·i·cal·ly, adverbcoun·ter·sci·en·tif·ic, adjectivenon·sci·en·tif·ic, adjectivenon·sci·en·tif·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·sci·en·tif·ic, adjectivepro·sci·en·tif·ic, adjectivequa·si-sci·en·tif·ic, adjectivequa·si-sci·en·tif·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·sci·en·tif·ic, adjectivesu·per·sci·en·tif·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of scientific

Historical Examples of scientific

  • It has, moreover, received the final stamp of scientific approval.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • To make it such is in every respect the reverse of scientific.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • There is also a variety of scientific mysticism, if such an expression may be permitted.

  • Now, far be it from us to belittle the splendor of this scientific vision.

  • We have brains, and with our brains we must do in a scientific way what Nature does with tooth and claw.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

British Dictionary definitions for scientific



(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 Formsscientifically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for scientific

1580s, from Middle French scientifique, from Medieval Latin scientificus "pertaining to science," from Latin scientia "knowledge" (see science) + -ficus "making" + facere "to make" (see factitious). Originally used to translate Greek epistemonikos "making knowledge" in Aristotle's "Ethics."

Sciential (mid-15c., "based on knowledge," from Latin scientialis) is the classical purists' choice for an adjective based on science. Scientic (1540s) and scient (late 15c.) also have been used. First record of scientific revolution is from 1803; scientific method is from 1854; scientific notation is from 1961. Related: Scientifical; scientifically.

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