[ em-pir-ik ]
/ ɛmˈpɪr ɪk /


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


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  8. empirical formula,
  9. empirically,
  10. empiricism

Origin of empiric

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

Related formsan·ti·em·pir·ic, noun, adjectivenon·em·pir·ic, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for empirics


/ (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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Word Origin and History for empirics



c.1600, from Latin empiricus "a physician guided by experience," from Greek empeirikos "experienced," from empeiria "experience," from empeiros "skilled," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + peira "trial, experiment," from PIE *per- "to try, risk." Originally a school of ancient physicians who based their practice on experience rather than theory. Earlier as a noun (1540s) in reference to the sect, and earliest (1520s) in a sense "quack doctor" which was in frequent use 16c.-19c.

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Medicine definitions for empirics


[ 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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