- pertaining to, resembling, or containing anecdotes: an anecdotal history of jazz.
- (of the treatment of subject matter in representational art) pertaining to the relationship of figures or to the arrangement of elements in a scene so as to emphasize the story content of a subject.Compare narrative(def 7).
- based on personal observation, case study reports, or random investigations rather than systematic scientific evaluation: anecdotal evidence.
Origin of anecdotal
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Examples from the Web for anecdotal
If true—and it appears consistent with anecdotal information—about 50 regime figures have been killed this year.Why North Korea Released Two Americans
Gordon G. Chang
November 9, 2014
He also links the racial composition of the fans to his anecdotal assessment that there are fewer fathers and sons in attendance.Racism or Exit Strategy for Atlanta Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson?
September 7, 2014
The field has produced only anecdotal or other evidence that does not pass muster in the scientific community.Sorry Bigfoot Truthers: Yetis Aren’t Real
July 3, 2014
The “link” consists in anecdotal reports that some people think kids with autism improve on a dairy-free diet.Twisted Anti-Vaxxer Parents Choose Fatal Diseases Over Autism
July 1, 2014
But they do say that, even if all of their evidence (so far) is anecdotal.New York’s Nanny-State E-Cig Ban
December 20, 2013
Since the delightful story is anecdotal and not critical, it too disappears.Samuel Richardson's Introduction to Pamela
You say that the sensualities of princes are only of 'anecdotal interest.'
They represent the interest of the century in fiction and in anecdotal literature.The Thirteenth
James J. Walsh
If an anecdotal review is bad, it is because it is badly done, not because it is anecdotal.The Art of Letters
An anecdotal volume this, with moments on the Riviera and matches played in South Africa.When Winter Comes to Main Street
Grant Martin Overton
- containing or consisting exclusively of anecdotes rather than connected discourse or research conducted under controlled conditions
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Word Origin and History for anecdotal
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