Definition of Scientific method

1. Noun. A method of investigation involving observation and theory to test scientific hypotheses.

Specialized synonyms: Experimental Method
Generic synonyms: Methodology



Definition of Scientific method

1. Noun. (science) A method of discovering knowledge about the natural world based in making falsifiable predictions (hypotheses), testing them empirically, and developing peer-reviewed theories that best explain the known data. ¹

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Medical Definition of Scientific method

1. The universally-accepted, organised approach to the study of science, which consists of the following steps: 1. Observation - collecting data. 2. Hypothesis - forming a preliminary possible explanation of the data. 3. Testing - test the hypothesis by collecting more data. 4. Results - interpreting the results of the test and deciding if the hypothesis should be rejected. The hypothesis is rejected if the results contradict it, showing that it is wrong. 5. Conclusion - stating a conclusion that can be evaluated independently by others. (09 Oct 1997)

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Literary usage of Scientific method

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1. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"With Bacon induction was reinstated as scientific method (see BACONIAN ... Mill's discussion is a classical contribution to the theory of scientific method; ..."

2. The Popular Science Monthly (1893)
"THE NATURAL OR scientific method IN EDUCATION.* By WESLEY MILLS, MA, MD, FR 8. ... The moderns have achieved their great results by the scientific method, ..."

3. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings ... Annual Forum by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, Conference of Charities (U.S., Conference of Charities (U.S.), National Conference of Social Work (U.S. (1920)
"Let us take an example of the application of the scientific method. ... The final step in scientific method was the discovery of some formula which ..."

4. Biology and Its Makers: With Portraits and Other Illustrations by William Albert Locy (1908)
"The first triumph of the scientific method was the overthrow of authority as a means of ascertaining truth and substituting therefor the method of ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"... and by means of it he laid the first stone, not only of the fabric of ethical philosophy, but of scientific method. The secret of his success lay in the ..."

6. Bulletin by University of the State of New York (1902)
"The scientific method is not a method of teaching but it is a method of ... It is called the scientific method because it has been developed chiefly in ..."

7. Science of Education by Richard Gause Boone (1904)
"CHAPTER XIV THE scientific method IN addition to an acquaintance with the nature of science, its methods, also, must not only be understood, but employed in ..."

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