Definitions for empiricalɛmˈpɪr ɪ kəl
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derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
"an empirical basis for an ethical theory"; "empirical laws"; "empirical data"; "an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known"
relying on medical quackery
Pertaining to or based on experience.
Pertaining to, derived from, or testable by observations made using the physical senses or using instruments which extend the senses.
Verifiable by means of scientific experimentation.
pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments
depending upon experience or observation alone, without due regard to science and theory; -- said especially of medical practice, remedies, etc.; wanting in science and deep insight; as, empiric skill, remedies
Empirical evidence is a source of knowledge acquired by means of observation or experimentation. The term comes from the Greek word for experience, ἐμπειρία. Empirical evidence is information that justifies a belief in the truth or falsity of a claim. In the empiricist view, one can claim to have knowledge only when one has a true belief based on empirical evidence. This stands in contrast to the rationalist view under which reason or reflection alone is considered to be evidence for the truth or falsity of some propositions. The senses are the primary source of empirical evidence. Although other sources of evidence, such as memory and the testimony of others, ultimately trace back to some sensory experience, they are considered to be secondary, or indirect. In another sense, empirical evidence may be synonymous with the outcome of an experiment. In this sense, an empirical result is a unified confirmation. In this context, the term semi-empirical is used for qualifying theoretical methods which use in part basic axioms or postulated scientific laws and experimental results.
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