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scientific method

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 test the hypothesis, and development of a conclusion that confirms, rejects, or modifies the hypothesis.
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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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sci′entif′ic meth′od


n.
a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated, and the hypothesis is empirically tested.
[1850–55]
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Noun1.scientific method - a method of investigation involving observation and theory to test scientific hypotheses
experimental method - the use of controlled observations and measurements to test hypotheses
methodology - the system of methods followed in a particular discipline
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