from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That science, or mode of speculation or investigation, which explains past conditions by the law of causation, by reasoning from present conditions, or which endeavors to ascend to a past state of things by the aid of the evidence of the present.

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  • noun the explanation of past events in terms of scientific causes (as geological causes)


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