- 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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Examples from the Web for anecdotally
Anecdotally, crime is slightly down in Ferguson since Brown died, DeCarli said.Ferguson’s Only Unsolved Murder
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Anecdotally, some babies are ‘never the same’ after vaccines.From ‘Clueless’ to Clueless: Alicia Silverstone’s ‘The Kind Mama’
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“Anecdotally I can tell you that the take-up rate is fairly small,” said Smyth.Walmart’s New Embrace of Gay Employees a Sign of Corporate Shift
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“Anecdotally, we have U.S. citizens who smuggle drugs, in large amounts sometimes,” he says.At Mexican Border, Four in Five Drug Busts Involve American Citizens
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March 26, 2013
Anecdotally, the influx of immigrants from Latin America and East Asia seems to have strengthened Latino and Asian identities.How Ethnic Can Our Politicians Be?
June 11, 2010
Instruction must be carried on objectively, experimentally, anecdotally.
- 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 anecdotally
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