[ an-ik-doht-l, an-ik-doht-l ]
/ ˈæn ɪkˌdoʊt l, ˌæn ɪkˈdoʊt l /


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

First recorded in 1830–40; anecdote + -al1

Related forms

an·ec·do·tal·ism, nounan·ec·do·tal·ly, adverbun·an·ec·do·tal, adjectiveun·an·ec·do·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anecdotal


/ (ˌænɛkˈdəʊtəl) /


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