a person who follows an empirical method.
a quack; charlatan.

1520–30; < Latin empīricus < Greek empeirikós experienced, equivalent to em- em-2 + peir- (stem of peirân to attempt) + -ikos -ic

antiempiric, noun, adjective
nonempiric, noun, adjective
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empiric (ɛmˈpɪrɪk)
1.  a person who relies on empirical methods
2.  a medical quack; charlatan
3.  a variant of empirical
[C16: from Latin empīricus, from Greek empeirikos practised, from peiran to attempt]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. empiricus, from Gk. empeirikos, from empeiria "experience" (see empirical). From 16c.-19c. often as a noun with sense "quack doctor."
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empiric em·pir·ic (ěm-pēr'ĭk)

  1. One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.

  2. An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.

  1. Empirical.

  2. Relating to a school of ancient Greek medicine in which a physician relied on experience and precedent in the observation and treatment of disease, and on analogical reasoning in discovering new diseases.

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Example sentences
He was not a vain empiric, not a dry grammarian: he had learning, he had seen the world.
There is much learned through the empiric practice of medicine and many little surprises, often unintended and positive.
There is no one, no single one, real empiric proof that ratifies the existence of anthropogenic global warming.
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