from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or employing the methodology of science.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Concerned with the acquisition of accurate and systematic knowledge of principles by observation and deduction: as, scientific investigation.
  • Of or pertaining to, treating of, or used in science: as, scientific works; scientific instruments; scientific nomenclature.
  • Versed in science; guided by the principles of science, and not by empiricism or mere quackery; hence, learned; skilful: as, a scientific physician.
  • According to the rules or principles of science; hence, systematic; accurate; nice: as, a scientific arrangement of fossils.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to science; used in science.
  • adjective Agreeing with, or depending on, the rules or principles of science.
  • adjective Having a knowledge of science, or of a science; evincing science or systematic knowledge.
  • adjective the method employed in exact science and consisting of: (a) Careful and abundant observation and experiment. (b) generalization of the results into formulated “Laws” and statements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or having to do with science.
  • adjective Having the quality of being derived from, or consistent with, the scientific method.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective conforming with the principles or methods used in science
  • adjective of or relating to the practice of science


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin scientificus, producing knowledge : Latin scientia, knowledge; see science + Latin -ficus, -fic.]


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