Sound Science

Business / Agriculture / Sound Science: A phrase generally used in a political context to rhetorically challenge the validity of the other side’s arguments. The phrase has arisen in agricultural trade disputes when a country imposes a sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) measure that an exporting group claims is an unfair trade barrier because it is 'not based on sound science.' Often, policymakers or adjudicators are asked to make decisions based, at least in part, on which side’s scientific arguments appear to be the most convincing. However, the phrase sound science is not included in public laws or international treaties. Under the Uruguay Round’s SPS agreement, countries’ SPS measures must be based on scientific principles, and may not be maintained without scientific evidence. However, the agreement does not define 'scientific.' Under general principles of international law, the interpretation of the term is left to good faith and ordinary 'dictionary' definitions. By requiring only that measures be based on scientific principles, as broadly understood and accepted by the scientific community, the agreement, therefore, does not expect those who are adjudicating trade disputes to choose which science is the 'sound science.'

Other Words for Science

Science Noun Synonyms: (body of) knowledge or information, (body of) laws or principles, discipline, study, branch, field, area, subject, realm, sphere
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Other Words for Sound

Sound Adjective Synonyms: resound, reverberate, echo, resonate
Sound Verb Synonyms: undamaged, uninjured, whole, unmarred, in good condition or shape, intact, unimpaired, unscathed
Sound Noun Synonyms: tone, noise, din, cacophony, report
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Sound Editor

Technology / Television (TV) / Sound Editor: Technician who, in post-production, manipulates a program's soundtrack. MORE

Sound Field

Technology / Home Audio / Sound Field: The totality of the sound presented by the audio system. This includes the sound as it was recorded, mixed, transported, reproduced, and finally heard by the listener. MORE

Sound Power

Technology / Home Audio / Sound Power: The total amount of acoustical energy produced by a sound source and measured in Joules per second. The degree to which this measurement is constant( or linear)with respect to frequency, is an index o MORE

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