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empiric

[ em-pir-ik ]
/ ɛmˈpɪr ɪk /
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noun

a person who follows an empirical method.
a quack; charlatan.

adjective

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Origin of empiric

1520–30; <Latin empīricus<Greek empeirikós experienced, equivalent to em-em-2 + peir- (stem of peirân to attempt) + -ikos-ic

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British Dictionary definitions for empiric

empiric
/ (ɛmˈpɪrɪk) /

noun

a person who relies on empirical methods
a medical quack; charlatan

adjective

a variant of empirical

Word Origin for empiric

C16: from Latin empīricus, from Greek empeirikos practised, from peiran to attempt
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Medical definitions for empiric

empiric
[ ĕm-pîrĭk ]

n.

One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.
An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.

adj.

Empirical.
Relating to a school of ancient Greek medicine in which a physician relied on experience and precedent in the observation and treatment of disease, and on analogical reasoning in discovering new diseases.
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