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soft science

noun
1.
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.
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Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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  • Some might think that physics has also become a soft science.
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British Dictionary definitions for soft science

soft science

noun
1.
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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