sci-, -science, -scientific, -scientifically, -scient, -sciently

(Latin: to know, to learn; to have knowledge)

No knowledge of a science can be properly acquired until the terminology of that science is mastered, and this terminology is in the main of Greek and Latin origin.

—Spencer Trotter
Scientia et sapientia.
Knowledge and wisdom.

Motto of Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, USA.

Scientia sol mentis.
Knowledge, the sun of the mind.

Motto of Delaware College, USA.

Scientia vera cum fide pura.
True knowledge with pure faith.

Motto of Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA.

Scientia, integritas.
Knowledge, integrity.

Motto of Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, USA.

Scientiae cedit mare.
The sea yields to knowledge.

Motto of U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, USA.

sciential (adjective), more sciential, most sciential
1. Of or pertaining to knowledge or science.
2. Relating to being skillful or knowledgeable.
scientific (adjective), more scientific, most scientific
1. A reference to or pertaining to using facts and the laws of science or the sciences; of the nature of science.
2. Conveying an art, practice, operation, or method; based upon or regulated by science, as opposed to mere traditional rules or ideas.
3. Relating to an organized body of knowledge which is derived from observations and which can be verified or tested by further investigation.
5. Descriptive of being guided by a knowledge of science and acting according to scientific principles.
6. Etymology: from Latin scientia, "knowledge" + facere, "to make."
scientific computer (s) (noun), scientific computers (pl)
A type of computer used in scientific applications, characterized by complex computations involving floating-point arithmetic.
scientific creationism (s) (noun), scientific creationisms (pl)
The belief that the theory of creationism; such as, that the universe was created in essentially its present form by a supernatural being or God, and which is supported by scientific evidence as well as by Biblical commentary.

Examples of scientific creationism include the argument that the fossil record does not provide evidence of evolution, nor that modern cosmological theories do not explain the ultimate origin of matter.

scientific method (s) (noun), scientific methods (pl)
1. A process of inquiry depending on the reciprocal interplay of observable data and generalizations: The scientific method consists typically of the statement of a problem and the accumulation and analysis of relevant data that may lead to the development of a hypothesis which can be tested by the reliability and accuracy of deductions from it and by its consistency with other data.
2. An organized approach to problem-solving that includes collecting information, and testing it objectively, interpreting the results, and stating conclusions that can be independently evaluated and tested by other specialists.
scientific misconduct (s) (noun), scientific misconducts (pl)
A behavior on the part of a scientist who willfully damages the integrity of scientific research; such as, plagiarism or falsification or fabrication of data.
scientifically (adverb), more scientifically, most scientifically
Relating to conducting research in a systematically, methodically, thoroughly scientific manner: The group of university students were careful to scientifically report to their professor what the laws of science are with demonstrative reasoning.
Scientiis, artibus, religioni.
By knowledge, by art, by religion.

Motto of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, USA.

scientism (s) (noun), scientisms (pl)
1. A belief in the omnipotence of scientific knowledge and techniques: The scientisms include the conviction that the methods of studying are appropriate to physical science and that it can replace those used in other fields; such as, philosophy and; especially, human behavior and the other social sciences.
2. An adherence to or a belief in the objectives and methods of scientists.
scientist (s) (noun), scientists (pl)
1. Someone who has expert knowledge of one or more of the sciences: especially, natural or physical sciences.
2. A person who has studied science and who is active in a particular field of investigation: For example, there are soil, marine, and computer scientists.

Related articles about science: "Science Race"; STEM, Part 1; STEM, Part 2; Scientific Specialties.


Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "know, knowledge; learn, learning": cogni-; discip-; gno-; histor-; intellect-; learn, know; math-; sap-; sopho-.