[ em-pir-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ɛmˈpɪr əˌsɪz əm /


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.

Origin of empiricism

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


/ (ɛmˈpɪrɪˌsɪzəm) /


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
Derived Formsempiricist, noun, adjective
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Medicine definitions for empiricist


[ ĕm-pîrĭ-sĭz′əm ]


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