empirical (comparative more empirical, superlative most empirical)
- Pertaining to or based on experience (often, in contrast with having a basis in theoretical explanation).
- The lengths were calculated according to the empirical rules of the trade.
- For some presumptive diagnoses, empirical antibiotic therapy begins immediately, whereas specific antibiotic therapy must await the results of the culture and sensitivity test.
- Antonym: theoretical
- 1861, Herbert Spencer, Education:
- The village carpenter […] lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship.
- Pertaining to, derived from, or testable by observations made using the physical senses or using instruments which extend the senses.
- (philosophy of science) Verifiable by means of scientific experimentation.
- demonstrable with empirical evidence
- Antonyms: anecdotal, theoretical
pertaining to or based on experience
pertaining to, derived from, or testable by observations
verifiable by means of scientific experimentation
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- “empirical”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “empirical”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- empirical at OneLook Dictionary Search
- "empirical" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 115.