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What does anecdotal mean?
Anecdotal describes something that is related to a short account of an incident from a particular perspective.
Something that is anecdotal is a story told through anecdotes. An anecdote is a short recounting of an event from someone’s point of view, normally in a pleasant or humorous manner. For example, anecdotal history is a historical account that is laid out through the perspectives of the people involved.
Anecdotal also describes something, such as research, that is based on personal observation and experience. Anecdotal evidence can be gathered by interviews, surveys, and other methods that allow people to share their experiences with the researcher. In comparison, scientific evidence is gathered by comparing a dependent and independent variable in a controlled environment. Both types of evidence are important, but anecdotal evidence can’t prove something the way repeated testing and consistent results can.
Example: My science paper relied on anecdotal evidence instead of experimentation, so the teacher gave me a low grade.
Where does anecdotal come from?
The first records of the term anecdotal come from around 1830. It combines the word anecdote, meaning “a short account of an incident or event,” and the suffix –al, meaning “of the kind of, pertaining to.”
You might also come across anecdotal in discussions about legal cases. In a legal context, something is considered anecdotal if it is based on a bias of any kind, involves uncorroborated circumstances, or is irrelevant to the topic being discussed. Oftentimes, personal accounts of experience with a plaintiff or defendant will be deleted from the record if they are anecdotal.
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What are some other forms related to anecdotal?
- anecdotalism (noun)
- anecdotally (adverb)
- unanecdotal (adjective)
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How is anecdotal used in real life?
Anecdotal is commonly used in recounting, history, and reports about events, often in the context of a short, fun story.
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"Nuxt.js covers 52.6% of Jamstack sites. Next.js is in second place with 36.8%, third is Gatsby with 6.7%, followed by Hugo at 2.5%." A bit shocking. Anecdotal evidence suggests Next is the most popular. pic.twitter.com/8pufYImJzL
— Brian Rinaldi (@remotesynth) December 3, 2021
Feel like I'm reading some anecdotal style dystopian horror novel every time I look at my feed.
— Lights (@lights) July 8, 2016
Purely anecdotal but I'm guessing the greater Phoenix area has the highest white sunglasses density in the country
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 8, 2017
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Anecdotal evidence is based on a systematic, scientific evaluation.
How to use anecdotal in a sentence
While it is possible that nearby wildlife, normally turned off by our noise, were now wandering into the territory of their human neighbors, the reports were mostly anecdotal.Bird songs got sexier during the COVID-19 shutdown|Ula Chrobak|September 24, 2020|Popular-Science
While Google hasn’t released any LSA data, anecdotal evidence suggests these ads are performing well.Google brings bidding to Local Services Ads|Greg Sterling|September 24, 2020|Search Engine Land
A few other anecdotal cases of reinfection have since emerged, including one from Bengaluru.Can a patient get reinfected with Covid-19 after making a full recovery?|Smitha Nair|September 17, 2020|Quartz
There is mounting anecdotal evidence that when you adjust training protocols to the specifics of female physiology, athletes perform better.Everything You Need to Know About Period Tracking|Christine Yu|September 6, 2020|Outside Online
We are beginning to hear reports of delays, but this information is anecdotal right now.Slowed mail delivery is the last thing indie bookstores need right now|Rachel King|August 19, 2020|Fortune
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|DAILY BEAST
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?|Robert Silverman|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Elizabeth Picciuto|July 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Elizabeth Picciuto|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Charismatic superstars from the great Pelé to Beckenbauer to Maradona make illuminating anecdotal appearances.The Literature of Futbol: 11 Great Books About Soccer|Robert Birnbaum|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was Harwood's habit to spend a day in the towns he visited, gathering local color and collecting anecdotal matter.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
An anecdotal volume this, with moments on the Riviera and matches played in South Africa.When Winter Comes to Main Street|Grant Martin Overton
There was a whiff of gunpowder exciting the atmosphere in the anecdotal part of the history known.
But a spiced incident, a notorious couple,—an anecdotal witness to the scene,—could you expect Mr. Rose Mackrell to contain it?
It is anecdotal, technical and historical, and displays the credulity of the writer in regard to the miraculous.The Story of Seville|Walter M. Gallichan