[ an-ik-doht-l ]
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  1. pertaining to, resembling, or containing anecdotes: an anecdotal history of jazz.

  2. Fine Arts. (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).

  1. based on personal observation, case study reports, or random investigations rather than systematic scientific evaluation: anecdotal evidence.

Origin of anecdotal

First recorded in 1830–40; anecdote + -al1

Other words from anecdotal

  • an·ec·do·tal·ism, noun
  • an·ec·do·tal·ly, adverb
  • un·an·ec·do·tal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for anecdotal


/ (ˌænɛkˈdəʊtəl) /

  1. containing or consisting exclusively of anecdotes rather than connected discourse or research conducted under controlled conditions

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