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[soo-doh-sahy-uh ns] /ˌsu doʊˈsaɪ əns/
any of various methods, theories, or systems, as astrology, psychokinesis, or clairvoyance, considered as having no scientific basis.
Origin of pseudoscience
1835-45; pseudo- + science
Related forms
[soo-doh-sahy-uh n-tif-ik] /ˌsu doʊˌsaɪ ənˈtɪf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
pseudoscientifically, adverb
pseudoscientist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pseudoscience
  • Speculative pseudoscience in a magazine focused on the dismal science.
  • The champions of empiricism show an unattractive hubris when they go after what they see as pseudoscience.
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  • Even health care workers are falling for the pseudoscience behind this myth.
  • Gray stood before a room of peers accusing him of pseudoscience.
  • There's more than a whiff in those words of their rank etymological origin in the pseudoscience of phrenology.
  • 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.
  • The biochemistry of beauty: the science and pseudoscience of beautiful skin.
British Dictionary definitions for pseudoscience


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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