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empirical

[ em-pir-i-kuhl ]

/ ɛmˈpɪr ɪ kəl /

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adjective

derived from or guided by experience or experiment.

depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory, especially as in medicine.

provable or verifiable by experience or experiment.

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Origin of empirical

First recorded in 1560–70;empiric + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM empirical

em·pir·i·cal·ly, adverbem·pir·i·cal·ness, nounan·ti·em·pir·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·em·pir·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for empirical

empirical


adjective

derived from or relating to experiment and observation rather than theory

(of medical treatment) based on practical experience rather than scientific proof

of or relating to medical quackery

noun

statisticsthe posterior probability of an event derived on the basis of its observed frequency in a sampleCompare mathematical probability See also posterior probability

Derived forms of empirical

empirically, adverbempiricalness, noun

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Medical definitions for empirical

empirical


adj.

Relying on or derived from observation or experiment.

Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment.

Of or being a philosophy of medicine emphasizing practical experience and observation over scientific theory.

Other words from empirical

em•pir′i•cal•lyadv.

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Scientific definitions for empirical

empirical


Relying on or derived from observation or experiment.

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