mechanistic

[[t]me̱kənɪ̱stɪk[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)
If you describe a view or explanation of something as mechanistic, you are criticizing it because it describes a natural or social process as if it were a machine.

...a mechanistic view of things that ignores the emotional realities in people's lives...

Most of my colleagues in biology are still very mechanistic in their thinking.


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  • mechanistic — mech|a|nis|tic [ˌmekəˈnıstık] adj tending to explain the behaviour of things in the natural world as if they were machines ▪ a mechanistic view of the universe >mechanistically [ kli] adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • mechanistic — /mɛkəˈnɪstɪk/ (say mekuh nistik) adjective 1. relating to mechanics. 2. relating to philosophical mechanism: are humans purely mechanistic beings? …   Australian English dictionary

  • mechanistic — adjective 1. explained in terms of physical forces (Freq. 1) a mechanistic universe • Similar to: ↑mechanical • Derivationally related forms: ↑mechanism 2. of or relating to the philosophical theory of mechanism …   Useful english dictionary

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