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[an-ik-doht-l, an-ik-doht-l] /ˈæn ɪkˌdoʊt l, ˌæn ɪkˈdoʊt l/
pertaining to, resembling, or containing anecdotes:
an anecdotal history of jazz.
(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).
based on personal observation, case study reports, or random investigations rather than systematic scientific evaluation:
anecdotal evidence.
Origin of anecdotal
1830-40; anecdote + -al1
Related forms
anecdotalism, noun
anecdotally, adverb
unanecdotal, adjective
unanecdotally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anecdotally
  • anecdotally, restoring your data from some of these services can be a huge pain, if you can even get it back.
  • Dogs, cats, and horses have been reported anecdotally to suffer from this disease.
  • anecdotally, my friend's retired racing greyhound could always find his favorite ball fairly quickly even when he couldn't see it.
  • anecdotally, everyone in reality considers race a useful way of characterizing people.
  • anecdotally, this seems to be getting worse, probably from toxins and poor nutrition.
  • Many suspected it was melting faster, but at best could only support such claims anecdotally.
  • Entirely anecdotally, customer experience seems to be declining.
  • Music's ability to trigger powerful emotions is well known anecdotally, of course.
  • It can be proven through studies as well as anecdotally.
  • anecdotally, authors bemoan fights to keep caveats in place as chapters are edited, refined and summarised.
British Dictionary definitions for anecdotally


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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