[ sahy-uh n-tiz-uh m ]
/ ˈsaɪ ənˌtɪz əm /


the style, assumptions, techniques, practices, etc., typifying or regarded as typifying scientists.
the belief that the assumptions, methods of research, etc., of the physical and biological sciences are equally appropriate and essential to all other disciplines, including the humanities and the social sciences.
scientific or pseudoscientific language.



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Origin of scientism

First recorded in 1875–80; scient(ist) + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for scientism

/ (ˈsaɪənˌtɪzəm) /


the application of, or belief in, the scientific method
the uncritical application of scientific or quasi-scientific methods to inappropriate fields of study or investigation

Derived forms of scientism

scientistic, adjective
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