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anecdotal

[an-ik-doht-l, an-ik-doht-l] /ˈæn ɪkˌdoʊt l, ˌæn ɪkˈdoʊt l/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, resembling, or containing anecdotes:
an anecdotal history of jazz.
2.
(of the treatment of subject matter in representational art) pertaining to the relationship of figures or to the arrangement of elements in a scene so as to emphasize the story content of a subject.
Compare narrative (def 6).
3.
based on personal observation, case study reports, or random investigations rather than systematic scientific evaluation:
anecdotal evidence.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; anecdote + -al1
Related forms
anecdotalism, noun
anecdotally, adverb
unanecdotal, adjective
unanecdotally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for anecdotally

anecdotal

/ˌænɛkˈdəʊtəl/
adjective
1.
containing or consisting exclusively of anecdotes rather than connected discourse or research conducted under controlled conditions
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Word Origin and History for anecdotally

anecdotal

adj.

1794, from anecdote + -al (1). Related: Anecdotally. Anecdotical is attested from 1744.

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