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1. The collection of attitudes and practices considered typical of scientists.
2. The belief that the investigative methods of the physical sciences are applicable or justifiable in all fields of inquiry.

sci′en·tis′tic adj.
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1. the application of, or belief in, the scientific method
2. the uncritical application of scientific or quasi-scientific methods to inappropriate fields of study or investigation
ˌscienˈtistic adj
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(ˈsaɪ ənˌtɪz əm)

1. the assumptions, methods, etc., regarded as typifying scientists.
2. the belief that the principles and methods of the physical and biological sciences should be applied to other disciplines.
3. scientific or pseudoscientific language.
sci`en•tis′tic, adj.
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1. Often Disparaging. the style, assumptions, techniques, practices, etc., typifying or regarded as typifying scientists.
2. the belief that the assumptions and methods of the natural sciences are appropriate and essential to all other disciplines, including the humanities and the social sciences.
3. scientific or pseudoscientific language. — scientistic, adj.
See also: Attitudes
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