Definition of Empiric

1. Adjective. Relying on medical quackery. "Empiric treatment"

Exact synonyms: Empirical
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Derivative terms: Empiricism, Empiricism
Partainyms: Quackery, Quackery

2. Adjective. Derived from experiment and observation rather than theory. "An empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known"

Definition of Empiric

1. n. One who follows an empirical method; one who relies upon practical experience.

2. a. Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments.

Definition of Empiric

1. Adjective. empirical ¹

2. Noun. A member of a sect of ancient physicians who based their theories solely on experience. ¹

3. Noun. Someone who is guided by empiricism; an empiricist. ¹

4. Noun. Any unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan; a quack. ¹

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Definition of Empiric

1. one who relies on practical experience [n -S]

Medical Definition of Empiric

1. Empirical, depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Empiric

emphysematous gastritis
emphysematous phlegmon
empiric (current term)
empiric risk
empiric treatment
empirical data
empirical ego
empirical formula
empirical formulae
empirical formulas
empirical research
empirical rule

Literary usage of Empiric

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1768)
"I. The empiric. 11. The Dogmatic ; or, Arguments for and ... is an advocate for the empiric ; and in a declamatory kind of ..."

2. The Science of Thought by Charles Carroll Everett (1890)
"empiric. The first results of induction in regard to causation are merely ... Thus the empiric form of dynamic induction would rest on no stronger and no ..."

3. Hydraulics of Rivers, Weirs and Sluices: The Derivation of New and More by David Albert Molitor (1908)
"empiric COEFFICIENTS, i. INTRODUCTORY. IN the foregoing theoretical chapters no consideration was given to the various empiric coefficients employed. ..."

4. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"TO DOCTOR empiric Samuel Butler. WHEN men a dangerous disease did 'scape, Of old, they gave a cock to ./Esculape; Let me give two, that doubly am got free; ..."

5. British Synonymy: Or, An Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in by Hester Lynch Piozzi (1794)
"QUACK, MOUNTEBANK, empiric, CHARLATAN, ARE all titles ... which is implied in the deii- vation of the Word empiric, as I am informed. ..."

6. Materia Medica: Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Prescription Writing for by Walter Arthur Bastedo (1918)
"SCIENTIFIC AND empiric THERAPEUTICS—ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION Besides the constituents, the preparations, and the pharmacology of a drug, we are to learn its ..."

7. The Stresses in Framed Structures: Including the Strength of Materials and by Augustus Jay Du Bois (1896)
"For double track add 800 " " " empiric FORMULAS FOR TOTAL WEIGHT. ... We have, then, at once, for the form of empiric formula, total weight per foot = - —-. ..."

8. Medical History from the Earliest Times: A Popular History of the Healing Art by Edward Theodore Withington (1894)
"HERACLIDES AND THE empiric SCHOOL. SOME readers may have found the name Heraclides, mentioned among typical Greek physicians in a preceding article, ..."

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