Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Mechanically determined.
  • adjective Philosophy Of or relating to the philosophy of mechanism, especially tending to explain phenomena only by reference to physical or biological causes.
  • adjective Automatic and impersonal; mechanical.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to mechanism or to mechanists: as, “mechanistic combination,”

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having the impersonal and automatic characteristics of a machine
  • adjective Predetermined by, or as if by, a mechanism
  • adjective philosophy Having a physical or biological cause

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective explained in terms of physical forces
  • adjective of or relating to the philosophical theory of mechanism

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Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • This sort of thing suggests that minds are grounded in mechanistic biology, rather than the other way around.

    A Useless Critic

  • 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.

    A Third Choice (ID Hypothesis)

  • This sort of thing suggests that minds are grounded in mechanistic biology, rather than the other way around.

    A Useless Critic

  • 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.

    A Third Choice (ID Hypothesis)

  • I suggest scientific patience is quickly running out since inventors are already using applied quantum mechanics and there are two main mechanistic explanations.

    Cleaning Up The Mess

  • All evolutionary theories must offer an explanation in mechanistic terms of how it should or could have happened in order to be tested.

    A critique on the endosymbiotic theory for the origin of mitochondria

  • This sort of thing suggests that minds are grounded in mechanistic biology, rather than the other way around.

    A Useless Critic

  • 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.

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