[ UK /ɛmpˈɪɹɪkə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˌɛmˈpɪɹɪkəɫ/ ]
  1. 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. relying on medical quackery
    empiric treatment
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How To Use empirical In A Sentence

  • It has often been pointed out that “Water is H2O” is a necessary truth, but it can only be justified empirically, that is, a posteriori. A Priori Justification and Knowledge
  • Opposed to this is empirical knowledge, or that which is possible only a posteriori, that is, through experience. The Critique of Pure Reason
  • One can conclude that the linkage is a rational interpretation, not contradicted by empirical evidence. Beckwith on ID
  • Although the origins of the experimental child psychology are to be found in Germany, the new empirical and evolutionist child study was practiced mainly in the Anglo-Saxon world.
  • In addition, the English word "metaphysical" is defined to mean something that is outside the realm of empirical verification. Antony Flew dies at 87
  • Again, that's all nonempirical, so take it all accordingly. Gender differences: New findings, new paper
  • A semiempirical downscaling approach for predicting regional temperature impacts associated with climatic change. Statistical downscaling approach and downscaling of AOGCM climate change projections
  • What can generally be observed empirically is typically a form of irreducible complexity where if a part is taken away then a lack of function results. Assessing Causality
  • A recent empirical test of this hypothesis as applied to surgeons has provided support for it.
  • Viewed dispassionately, the empirical evidence does not support such a position.
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