pseudoscience

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pseudo- +‎ science, 1796, originally in reference to alchemy.[1]

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pseudoscience (countable and uncountable, plural pseudosciences)

  1. Any body of knowledge that purports to be scientific or to be supported by science but which fails to comply with the scientific method.
    • 1796, James Pettit Andrews, Robert Henry, History of Great Britain, from the death of Henry viii. to the accession of James vi. of Scotland to the crown of England p. 87:
      The fantastical pseudo-science of alchemy has in all ages had its numerous votaries …
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      We had enough to do in this world. Life was a beautiful thing. The man who appreciated its real duties and beauties would have sufficient to employ him without dabbling in pseudo sciences which had their roots in frauds, exposed already a hundred times and yet finding fresh crowds of foolish devotees whose insane credulity and irrational prejudice made them impervious to all argument.

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  1. ^ James Pettit Andrews, Robert Henry, History of Great Britain, from the death of Henry viii. to the accession of James vi. of Scotland to the crown of England p. 87