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scientific

[sahy-uh n-tif-ik] /ˌsaɪ ənˈtɪf ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to science or the sciences:
scientific studies.
2.
occupied or concerned with science:
scientific experts.
3.
regulated by or conforming to the principles of exact science:
scientific procedures.
4.
systematic or accurate in the manner of an exact science.
Origin of scientific
1580-1590
1580-90; < Medieval Latin scientificus, equivalent to scient- (see science) + -i - -i- + -ficus -fic
Related forms
scientifically, adverb
antiscientific, adjective
antiscientifically, adverb
counterscientific, adjective
nonscientific, adjective
nonscientifically, adverb
prescientific, adjective
proscientific, adjective
quasi-scientific, adjective
quasi-scientifically, adverb
superscientific, adjective
superscientifically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for prescientific
Historical Examples
  • But why keep alive and circulate as truth these animal legends of the prescientific ages?

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • The problem of the connection of body and soul is as insoluble, in its modern form, as it was in the prescientific ages.

  • In what we may term "prescientific days" people were in no uncertainty about the interpretation of dreams.

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
British Dictionary definitions for prescientific

prescientific

/ˌpriːsaɪənˈtɪfɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the period before the development of modern science and its methods

scientific

/ˌsaɪənˈtɪfɪk/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) of, relating to, derived from, or used in science: scientific equipment
2.
(prenominal) occupied in science: scientific manpower
3.
conforming with the principles or methods used in science: a scientific approach
Derived Forms
scientifically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prescientific

scientific

adj.

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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