The project has attracted considerable criticism from the scientific community.

Community mean as per Cambridge -the people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group, or nationalit.

Scientific mean as per Cambridge - relating to science, or using the organized methods of science.

How I can interprete the sentence using above definitions??

  • All the scientists in the world, or a significant part of them. Commented Aug 23, 2023 at 6:20
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    Does this answer your question? What's the meaning of "education community" in the context? Which was your question anyway - why do you need to ask the same thing about the scientific community? Commented Aug 23, 2023 at 12:51
  • @FumbleFingers but that definition do not fit here.So I asked. I can't say group of people who are whose interest is related to science.
    – Sam
    Commented Aug 23, 2023 at 13:30
  • why not? more accurately, whose interest is related to conducting science as opposed to hearing about science, but the same could be said about the "education community."
    – Esther
    Commented Aug 23, 2023 at 17:13

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There is a very broad sense of "the X community" to mean "all that people that are X", such as "the queer community" or "the Islamic community".

In this case, it is basically synonymous with "scientists".

  • Well, scientists in that field - astrophysics rarely criticise biologists.
    – Dale M
    Commented Aug 23, 2023 at 11:34
  • It implies a bit more than just all the scientists independently: the scientific community implies a collective attitude or opinion, and could include bodies that represent or act for groups of scientists such as university faculties, professional societies, journals.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Aug 23, 2023 at 13:30

The phrase "criticism from the scientific community" means that some scientists have stated criticism. It's not very specific because it could be just a few scientists or most of them.

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