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Definition 1: derived from experiment and observation rather than theory - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where empirical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an empirical basis for an ethical theory
  • empirical laws
  • empirical data
  • an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known

Synonyms for empirical in the sense of this definition

(empirical is similar to ...) requiring evidence for validation or support

(empirical is similar to ...) capable of being tested (verified or falsified) by experiment or observation

(empirical is similar to ...) derived from experience or the experience of existence

"the rich experiential content of the teachings of the older philosophers" "formal logicians are not concerned with existential matters"

(empirical is similar to ...) relying on observation or experiment

"experimental results that supported the hypothesis"

(empirical is similar to ...) of the nature of or undergoing an experiment

"an experimental drug"

(empirical is similar to ...) relying to some extent on observation or experiment

(empirical is similar to ...) trying out various means or theories until error is satisfactorily reduced or eliminated

"he argued that all learning is a trial-and-error process that resembles biological evolution"

Definition 2: relying on medical quackery - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where empirical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • empiric treatment

Synonyms for empirical in the sense of this definition

(empirical is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

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