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From Middle Low German wetenschop. Compare Norwegian Bokmål vitenskap, Swedish vetenskap, German Wissenschaft, Dutch wetenschap


  • IPA(key): [ˈʋiðˠn̩ˌsɡ̊æːˀb̥]


videnskab c (singular definite videnskaben, plural indefinite videnskaber)

  1. science, scholarly knowledge, scholarship (collective discipline of learning acquired through any scholarly method; totality of knowledge)
  2. any academic discipline; in general, the sciences and humanities taken as a whole

Usage notes[edit]

Videnskab has a much broader meaning than the English word science. The English word science refers to systematically acquired, objective knowledge obtained through a particular methodology (such as the scientific method), and includes only natural sciences, social sciences, and formal sciences. In contrast, videnskab also includes the humanities and philosophy and refers to learning and knowledge in general, whether obtained through scientific or non-scientific means. For example, writing a scholarly book about an author's life and works is videnskab but not "science".


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