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1. One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.
2. An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.
1. a person who relies on empirical methods
2. (Medicine) a medical quack; charlatan
a variant of empirical
[C16: from Latin empīricus, from Greek empeirikos practised, from peiran to attempt]
1. a person who is guided primarily by experience.
2. a quack; charlatan.adj.
[1520–30; < Latin empīricus < Greek empeirikós experienced <émpeir(os) practiced]
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|Adj.||1.||empiric - relying on medical quackery; "empiric treatment"|
|2.||empiric - 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"|