soft science

noun
any of the specialized fields or disciplines, as psychology, sociology, anthropology, or political science, that interpret human behavior, institutions, society, etc., on the basis of scientific investigations for which it may be difficult to establish strictly measurable criteria.
Compare hard science.


Origin:
1965–70

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soft science
 
n
a science, such as sociology or anthropology, that deals with humans as its principle subject matter, and is therefore not generally considered to be based on rigorous experimentation

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Some might think that physics has also become a soft science.
There is nothing wrong with fantasy fiction or soft science fiction.
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