observational

[ ob-zur-vey-shuh-nl ]
/ ˌɒb zɜrˈveɪ ʃə nl /

adjective

of, relating to, or founded on observation, especially founded on observation rather than experiment.

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Origin of observational

First recorded in 1825–35; observation + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM observational

ob·ser·va·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·ob·ser·va·tion·al, adjectivepre·ob·ser·va·tion·al, adjective
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