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scientific method

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 of scientific method
1850-55 Unabridged
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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 method for resource allocation.
  • 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.
  • But it emphasizes critical thinking and the scientific method.
  • Descriptivism is the scientific method of linguists and lexicographers.
  • The pro-action argument is based on the standard scientific method that includes null and alternative hypotheses.
  • There's a reason scientists adhere to the scientific method.
  • It seems to work for you, as well as a truly fundamental misunderstanding of the scientific method.
  • If you subscribe to the scientific method then your stance is inconsistent.
British Dictionary definitions for scientific method

scientific method

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 in Medicine

scientific method sci·en·tif·ic method (sī'ən-tĭf'ĭk)
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 in Culture

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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