[ em-pir-ik ]
/ ɛmˈpɪr ɪk /


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


Origin of empiric

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

Related forms

an·ti·em·pir·ic, noun, adjectivenon·em·pir·ic, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for empiric


/ (ɛmˈpɪrɪk) /


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


a variant of empirical

Word Origin for empiric

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


[ ĕm-pîrĭk ]


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


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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