empirical method or practice.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all knowledge is derived from sense experience. Compare rationalism ( def 2 ).
undue reliance upon experience, as in medicine; quackery.
an empirical conclusion.

1650–60; empiric + -ism

empiricist, noun, adjective
antiempiricism, noun
antiempiricist, noun, adjective
nonempiricism, noun
proempiricism, noun, adjective
proempiricist, noun
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empiricism (ɛmˈpɪrɪˌsɪzəm)
1.  philosophy intuitionism Compare rationalism the doctrine that all knowledge of matters of fact derives from experience and that the mind is not furnished with a set of concepts in advance of experience
2.  the use of empirical methods
3.  medical quackery; charlatanism
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

1650s, in the medical sense, from empiric + -ism. General sense is from 1796.

c.1700, from empiric + -ist.
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empiricism em·pir·i·cism (ěm-pēr'ĭ-sĭz'əm)

  1. Employment of empirical methods, as in science.

  2. The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.

em·pir'i·cist n.
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Example sentences
Being a proponent of the second position creates a dilemma for an empiricist
  such as myself.
Mainstream economics is the empiricist jumble that you have identified.
So, a naive empiricist would say that these experiments refute statistical
The author reviews the empiricist and juridical conceptions of law relative to
  alcohol and driver licensing.
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