1. Of or pertaining to science; used in science; as, scientific principles; scientific apparatus; scientific observations.

2. Agreeing with, or depending on, the rules or principles of science; as, a scientific classification; a scientific arrangement of fossils.

3. Having a knowledge of science, or of a science; evincing science or systematic knowledge; as, a scientific chemist; a scientific reasoner; a scientific argument. "Bossuet is as scientific in the structure of his sentences." (Lander) Scientific method, the method employed in exact science and consisting of: (a) Careful and abundant observation and experiment. (b) generalisation of the results into formulated "Laws" and statements.

Origin: F. Scientifique; L. Scientia science + facere = to make.

(01 Mar 1998)