empiricalness

empirical

[em-pir-i-kuhl]
adjective
1.
derived from or guided by experience or experiment.
2.
depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory, especially as in medicine.
3.
provable or verifiable by experience or experiment.

Origin:
1560–70; empiric + -al1

empirically, adverb
empiricalness, noun
antiempirical, adjective
antiempirically, adverb
nonempirical, adjective
nonempirically, adverb
overempirical, adjective
overempirically, adverb
semiempirical, adjective
semiempirically, adverb
unempirical, adjective
unempirically, adverb


1, 2. practical, firsthand, pragmatic.


1, 2. secondhand, theoretical.
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empirical (ɛmˈpɪrɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  derived from or relating to experiment and observation rather than theory
2.  (of medical treatment) based on practical experience rather than scientific proof
3.  philosophy
 a.  a priori Compare a posteriori (of knowledge) derived from experience rather than by logic from first principles
 b.  analytic Compare synthetic (of a proposition) subject, at least theoretically, to verification
4.  of or relating to medical quackery
 
n
5.  statistics Compare mathematical probability See also posterior probability the posterior probability of an event derived on the basis of its observed frequency in a sample
 
em'pirically
 
adv
 
em'piricalness
 
n

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empirical
1560s, from L. empiricus, from Gk. empeirikos "experienced," from empeiria "experience," from empeiros "skilled," from en- "in" + peira "trial, experiment." Originally a school of ancient physicians who based their practice on experience rather than theory.
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empirical em·pir·i·cal (ěm-pēr'ĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Relying on or derived from observation or experiment.

  2. Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment.

  3. Of or being a philosophy of medicine emphasizing practical experience and observation over scientific theory.


em·pir'i·cal·ly adv.
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empirical   (ěm-pîr'ĭ-kəl)  Pronunciation Key 
Relying on or derived from observation or experiment.
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