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empirical

verifiable: empirical evidence; practical; pragmatic; derived from or guided by experience or experiment
Not to be confused with:
empiric – a person who depends on experience or observation alone; a quack; charlatan

em·pir·i·cal

 (ĕm-pîr′ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1.
a. Relying on or derived from observation or experiment: empirical results that supported the hypothesis.
b. Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment: empirical laws.
2. Guided by practical experience and not theory, especially in medicine.

em·pir′i·cal·ly adv.

empirical

(ɛmˈpɪrɪkəl) ,

empiric

or

empiricutic

adj
1. derived from or relating to experiment and observation rather than theory
2. (Medicine) (of medical treatment) based on practical experience rather than scientific proof
3. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. (of knowledge) derived from experience rather than by logic from first principles. Compare a priori, a posteriori
b. (of a proposition) subject, at least theoretically, to verification. Compare analytic4, synthetic4
4. (Medicine) of or relating to medical quackery
n
(Statistics) statistics the posterior probability of an event derived on the basis of its observed frequency in a sample. Compare mathematical probability See also posterior probability
emˈpirically adv
emˈpiricalness n

em•pir•i•cal

(ɛmˈpɪr ɪ kəl)

adj.
1. derived from experience or experiment.
2. depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory, esp. in medicine.
3. verifiable by experience or experiment.
[1560–70]
em•pir′i•cal•ly, adv.

em·pir·i·cal

(ĕm-pîr′ĭ-kəl)
Relying on or derived from observation or experiment rather than theory: empirical results prove the theory.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.empirical - derived from experiment and observation rather than theory; "an empirical basis for an ethical theory"; "empirical laws"; "empirical data"; "an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known"
theoretic, theoretical - concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science"
2.empirical - relying on medical quackery; "empiric treatment"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression

empirical

empiric
adjective first-hand, direct, observed, practical, actual, experimental, pragmatic, factual, experiential There is no empirical evidence to support his theory.
assumed, academic, speculative, hypothetical, putative, theoretic(al), conjectural
Translations
empirický
empiirinenkokeellinen
empirijskiiskustven

empirical

[emˈpɪrɪkəl] ADJ [method] → empírico

empirical

[ɪmˈpɪrɪkəl] adj [data, evidence, research, study] → empirique

empirical

adj, empirically
advempirisch

empirical

[ɛmˈpɪrɪkl] adjempirico/a

empirical

adj empírico
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