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mechanistic

[mek-uh-nis-tik] /ˌmɛk əˈnɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the theory of mechanism or to mechanists.
2.
of or pertaining to mechanics.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; mechanist + -ic
Related forms
mechanistically, adverb
antimechanistic, adjective
antimechanistically, adverb
nonmechanistic, adjective
semimechanistic, adjective
unmechanistic, adjective
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Examples from the web for mechanistic
  • 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

mechanistic

/ˌmɛkəˈnɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
(philosophy) of or relating to the theory of mechanism
2.
(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)
adj.

  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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