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Princeton's WordNet

  1. empirical, empiricadjective

    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"

  2. empiric, empiricaladjective

    relying on medical quackery

    "empiric treatment"


  1. empiricaladjective

    Pertaining to or based on experience.

  2. empiricaladjective

    Pertaining to, derived from, or testable by observations made using the physical senses or using instruments which extend the senses.

  3. empiricaladjective

    Verifiable by means of scientific experimentation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Empirical, Empirickadjective

    Etymology: from the noun.

    By fire
    Of sooty coal, the empirick alchymist
    Can turn, or holds it possible to turn,
    Metals of drossiest ore to perfect gold. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    The most sovereign prescription in Galen is but empirick to this preservative. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    In extremes, bold counsels are the best;
    Like empirick remedies, they last are try’d,
    And by th’ event condemn’d or justify’d. John Dryden, Aurengz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Empiricaladjective

    pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments

  2. Empiricaladjective

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'empirical' in Adjectives Frequency: #755

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of empirical in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of empirical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of empirical in a Sentence

  1. Amit Kumar:

    We now have empirical evidence that that's indeed the case, people are excited when they're looking forward to the satisfaction they'll get from purchases like vacations.

  2. Deshawn Yeldell:

    One has to Journey within the boundaries of paradise fading into a world of unconsciousness only if you’re thirsting to inherit this empirical knowledge not too greater and not too lesser, -MillYentei

  3. Michael Caldwell:

    This research revolutionizes our understanding of the jugal bone in snake and non-snake lizards, after 160 years of getting it wrong, this paper corrects this very important feature based not on guesswork, but on empirical evidence.

  4. Michael Hasenstab:

    The liquidity in the local markets has improved, not decreased, so this fear over liquidity in many cases is a little overblown and not consistent with the empirical evidence we've seen.

  5. Chief Actuary Jean-Claude Menard:

    The empirical evidence is telling us that stocks are one of the most volatile investments. The less volatile are money market instruments, but at the same the returns are very low.

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