- 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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- 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 anecdotalism
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