Meaning of EMPIRICAL in English

EMPIRICAL

em ‧ pir ‧ i ‧ cal AC /ɪmˈpɪrɪk ə l/ BrE AmE adjective [only before noun]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ empiricism , ↑ empiricist ; adverb : ↑ empirically ; adjective : ↑ empirical ]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: empiric 'person who puts trust only in practical experience' (16-21 centuries) , from Latin empiricus , from Greek empeiria 'experience' ]

based on scientific testing or practical experience, not on ideas OPP theoretical , hypothetical :

empirical evidence

—empirically /-kli/ adverb

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.