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pseudoscience

[soo-doh-sahy-uh ns] /ˌsu doʊˈsaɪ əns/
noun
1.
any of various methods, theories, or systems, as astrology, psychokinesis, or clairvoyance, considered as having no scientific basis.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; pseudo- + science
Related forms
pseudoscientific
[soo-doh-sahy-uh n-tif-ik] /ˌsu doʊˌsaɪ ənˈtɪf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
pseudoscientifically, adverb
pseudoscientist, noun
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  • Gray stood before a room of peers accusing him of pseudoscience.
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  • If the filmmakers' first folly was to turn to spiritualism, the second was to prop up spiritualism with pseudoscience.
  • The suggestion is that both are in the realm of pseudoscience.
  • The pseudoscience of astrology has made many people in the modern world relatively wealthy.
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British Dictionary definitions for pseudoscience

pseudoscience

/ˌsjuːdəʊˈsaɪəns/
noun
1.
a discipline or approach that pretends to be or has a close resemblance to science
Derived Forms
pseudoscientific, adjective
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pseudoscience in Culture
pseudoscience [(sooh-doh-seye-uhns)]

A system of theories or assertions about the natural world that claim or appear to be scientific but that, in fact, are not. For example, astronomy is a science, but astrology is generally viewed as a pseudoscience.

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