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empirical

[ em-pir-i-kuhl ]
/ ɛmˈpɪr ɪ kəl /
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adjective
derived from or guided by experience or experiment.
depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory, especially as in medicine.
provable or verifiable by experience or experiment.

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Origin of empirical

First recorded in 1560–70; empiric + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for empirical

empirical
/ (ɛmˈpɪrɪkəl) /

adjective
derived from or relating to experiment and observation rather than theory
(of medical treatment) based on practical experience rather than scientific proof
philosophy
  1. (of knowledge) derived from experience rather than by logic from first principlesCompare a priori, a posteriori
  2. (of a proposition) subject, at least theoretically, to verificationCompare analytic (def. 4), synthetic (def. 4)
of or relating to medical quackery
noun
statistics the posterior probability of an event derived on the basis of its observed frequency in a sampleCompare mathematical probability See also posterior probability

Derived forms of empirical

empirically, adverbempiricalness, noun
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Scientific definitions for empirical

empirical
[ ĕm-pîrĭ-kəl ]

Relying on or derived from observation or experiment.
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