scientific method

noun
a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated from these data, and the hypothesis is empirically tested.

Origin:
1850–55

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scientific method
 
n
a method of investigation in which a problem is first identified and observations, experiments, or other relevant data are then used to construct or test hypotheses that purport to solve it

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scientific method sci·en·tif·ic method (sī'ən-tĭf'ĭk)
n.
The principles and empirical processes of discovery and demonstration considered characteristic of or necessary for scientific investigation, generally involving the observation of phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis concerning the phenomena, experimentation to demonstrate the truth or falseness of the hypothesis, and a conclusion that validates or modifies the hypothesis.

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scientific method definition


An orderly technique of investigation that is supposed to account for scientific progress. The method consists of the following steps: (1) Careful observations of nature. (2) Deduction of natural laws. (3) Formation of hypotheses — generalizations of those laws to previously unobserved phenomena. (4) Experimental or observational testing of the validity of the predictions thus made. Actually, scientific discoveries rarely occur in this idealized, wholly rational, and orderly fashion.

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Scientific method is the best process for uncovering the processes by which
  both physical and human events occur.
Governments have adopted this practice because it appears to be a scientific
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His systematic approach impresses me, and we've often discussed the importance
  of th scientific method.
His works are distinguished by fantastic speculation rather than by scientific
  method.
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