[sahy-uh n-tiz-uh m]
  1. the style, assumptions, techniques, practices, etc., typifying or regarded as typifying scientists.
  2. 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.
  3. scientific or pseudoscientific language.

Origin of scientism

First recorded in 1875–80; scient(ist) + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for scientism


  1. the application of, or belief in, the scientific method
  2. the uncritical application of scientific or quasi-scientific methods to inappropriate fields of study or investigation
Derived Formsscientistic, adjective
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