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empiricism

[ em-pir-uh-siz-uhm ]
/ ɛmˈpɪr əˌsɪz əm /
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noun

empirical method or practice.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all knowledge is derived from sense experience.Compare rationalism (def. 2).
undue reliance upon experience, as in medicine; quackery.
an empirical conclusion.

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Origin of empiricism

First recorded in 1650–60; empiric + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for empiricism

empiricism
/ (ɛmˈpɪrɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

philosophy the doctrine that all knowledge of matters of fact derives from experience and that the mind is not furnished with a set of concepts in advance of experienceCompare intuitionism, rationalism
the use of empirical methods
medical quackery; charlatanism
empiricist, noun, adjective
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Medical definitions for empiricism

empiricism
[ ĕm-pîrĭ-sĭz′əm ]

n.

Employment of empirical methods, as in science.
The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.
em•piri•cist n.
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