American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Mechanically determined.
- adj. Philosophy Of or relating to the philosophy of mechanism, especially tending to explain phenomena only by reference to physical or biological causes.
- adj. Automatic and impersonal; mechanical.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to mechanism or to mechanists: as, “mechanistic combination,”
- adj. Having the impersonal and automatic characteristics of a machine
- adj. Predetermined by, or as if by, a mechanism
- adj. philosophy Having a physical or biological cause
- adj. explained in terms of physical forces
- adj. of or relating to the philosophical theory of mechanism
“Pivar says he's been working for years in the Thompson tradition, which he characterizes as a mechanistic approach to evolution, using lab simulations, algorithms and topology.”
“All evolutionary theories must offer an explanation in mechanistic terms of how it should or could have happened in order to be tested.”
“Somehow you seem to think that the mere offering of what you term a mechanistic model with no evidence (nor even much of an explanation) trumps other concepts and makes you "scientific" and others not.”
“I suggest scientific patience is quickly running out since inventors are already using applied quantum mechanics and there are two main mechanistic explanations.”
“This sort of thing suggests that minds are grounded in mechanistic biology, rather than the other way around.”
“In typography, a slab serif (also called mechanistic, square serif or Egyptian) typeface is a type of serif typeface characterized by thick, block-like serifs.”
“Pictures of Canadian oil refineries, shot as if advertising their pipes and chimneys, recall the mechanistic precision of Charles Sheeler's 1920s paintings of Ford's River Rouge plant.”
“Personally, I am looking forward to his coming examination of the supposed conflict concerning ID and a "mechanistic" perspective.”
“This, it soon becomes clear, involves embracing beauty and love, and rejecting the Enlightenment, or what he calls the "mechanistic" values of the Enlightenment, and Modernism.”
“Hmm. This makes your mention of "mechanistic" in your first point even more difficult to understand.”
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