proempiricist

empiricism

[em-pir-uh-siz-uhm]
noun
1.
empirical method or practice.
2.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all knowledge is derived from sense experience. Compare rationalism ( def 2 ).
3.
undue reliance upon experience, as in medicine; quackery.
4.
an empirical conclusion.

Origin:
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)
 
n
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
 
em'piricist
 
n, —adj

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empiricism
1650s, in the medical sense, from empiric + -ism. General sense is from 1796.
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empiricism em·pir·i·cism (ěm-pēr'ĭ-sĭz'əm)
n.

  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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