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[mek-uh-nis-tik] /ˌmɛk əˈnɪs tɪk/
of or relating to the theory of mechanism or to mechanists.
of or relating to mechanics.
Origin of mechanistic
1880-85; mechanist + -ic
Related forms
mechanistically, adverb
antimechanistic, adjective
antimechanistically, adverb
nonmechanistic, adjective
semimechanistic, adjective
unmechanistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The limitations of this mechanistic explanation, however, have been apparent for some time.
  • Some of these tasks are more mechanistic than others.
  • It goes against the dogmatic belief that biology has to be mechanistic.
  • Accepting the mechanistic link between cholesterol and heart disease, he vehemently denies that diet can be counted on to cure it.
  • In the longer run, reproduction is likely to get only more mechanistic and remote from its biological origins.
  • There are many which have, to this day, not been able to be accounted for in terms of mechanistic processes.
  • Although they had no direct, mechanistic proof, the epidemiological evidence proved the case far beyond any reasonable doubt.
  • It is important here for me to emphasize that the mechanistic details are irrelevant.
  • All of that is clearly mainly computational, or something similarly mechanistic.
  • As for people needing more than a mechanistic explanation for the universe, that's fine.
British Dictionary definitions for mechanistic


(philosophy) of or relating to the theory of mechanism
(maths) of or relating to mechanics
Derived Forms
mechanistically, adverb
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mechanistic in Medicine

mechanistic mech·a·nis·tic (měk'ə-nĭs'tĭk)

  1. Mechanically determined.

  2. Of or relating to the philosophy of mechanism, especially one that tends to explain phenomena only by reference to physical or biological causes.

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