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.
Contemporary Examples

But in sum, their innovations in 2010 will define the technological, scientific, and social milieu of the decade.
The 20 Smartest People Of 2010 The Daily Beast December 29, 2010

Science and Christianity, the scientific creationist argues, are in perfect accord.
When Creationists Collide with Stephen Colbert Michael Schulson December 14, 2013

The gaffe created a furor in the scientific community, which attacked the publication for flawed and faulty research.
Bill Allen: Tipper Gore’s Secretive New Beau Sandra McElwaine July 5, 2012

He has spent years alleging bias and insularity in the scientific community.
When Creationists Collide with Stephen Colbert Michael Schulson December 14, 2013

Here is scientific proof that we are far more deeply connected one to the other than we have ever previously known.
How Insane Is the Beer Summit? Stanley Crouch July 29, 2009

Historical Examples

“And it may also be the scientific error of the day after to-morrow,” I remarked.
The Jucklins Opie Read

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

From the scientific standpoint, the act of hypnotism had been accomplished.
The Third Degree Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow

There is also a variety of scientific mysticism, if such an expression may be permitted.
Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell

Conclusions arrived at from scientific observations, II, 708.
Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen

(prenominal) of, relating to, derived from, or used in science: scientific equipment
(prenominal) occupied in science: scientific manpower
conforming with the principles or methods used in science: a scientific approach

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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