Meaning of EMPIRICAL in English

EMPIRICAL

— empirically , adv. — empiricalness , n.

/em pir"i keuhl/ , adj.

1. derived from or guided by experience or experiment.

2. depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory, esp. as in medicine.

3. provable or verifiable by experience or experiment.

[ 1560-70; EMPIRIC + -AL 1 ]

Syn. 1, 2. practical, firsthand, pragmatic.

Ant. 1, 2. secondhand, theoretical.

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