pertaining to, resembling, or containing anecdotes: an anecdotal history of jazz.
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).
based on personal observation, case study reports, or random investigations rather than systematic scientific evaluation: anecdotal evidence.
- an·ec·do·tal·ism, noun
- an·ec·do·tal·ly, adverb
- un·an·ec·do·tal, adjective
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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.
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.
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.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The field has produced only anecdotal or other evidence that does not pass muster in the scientific community.
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 | THE 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 | THE 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.The Amazing Marriage, Complete | George Meredith
But a spiced incident, a notorious couple,—an anecdotal witness to the scene,—could you expect Mr. Rose Mackrell to contain it?The Amazing Marriage, Complete | George Meredith
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
British Dictionary definitions for anecdotal
containing or consisting exclusively of anecdotes rather than connected discourse or research conducted under controlled conditions
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