Pseudoscience

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Definition

noun

Any body of knowledge, methodology, belief, or practice purported to be scientific but which fails to comply with the scientific method, lacks supporting evidence, or cannot be tested in practice or in principle.


Supplement

Word origin: From combining form of Ancient Greek ψευδής (pseudēs), “‘false, lying’”) + science. An early recorded use was in 1843 by French physiologist François Magendie, who is considered a pioneer in experimental physiology.

Related forms: pseudoscientific (adjective), pseudoscientifically (adverb), pseudoscientist (noun).

Compare: protoscience.