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What's the term for a scientific theory that we know is wrong to some extent, but that is still used for practical purposes because it's easy to work with and good enough for most uses?

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.@InspectorCaracal @monorail Hmmm, yeah, I guess so, that'd work.

I was thinking I came across a specific term for like Newtonian physics where we know we have a better theory but still use it because it's easier to deal with.

But I think I was wrong, yeah, model would work.

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