Definition of Empirical

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

2. Adjective. Relying on medical quackery. "Empiric treatment"
Exact synonyms: Empiric
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Derivative terms: Empiricism, Empiricism
Partainyms: Quackery, Quackery

Definition of Empirical

1. Adjective. Pertaining to or based on experience. ¹

2. Adjective. Pertaining to, derived from, or testable by observations made using the physical senses or using instruments which extend the senses. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: philosophy of science) Verifiable by means of scientific experimentation. ¹

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Definition of Empirical

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Medical Definition of Empirical

1. 1. Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments. "In philosophical language, the term empirical means simply what belongs to or is the product of experience or observation." (Sir W. Hamilton) "The village carpenter . . . Lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship." (H. Spencer) 2. 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 formula. See Formula. Synonym: See Transcendental. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Empirical

empiric risk
empiric treatment
empirical (current term)
empirical data
empirical ego
empirical formula
empirical formulae
empirical formulas
empirical research
empirical rule
empiricist philosophy

Literary usage of Empirical

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

1. Outlines of Psychology by Wilhelm Max Wundt (1897)
"damental principles for such an empirical interpretation, and thus it becomes possible to distinguish several varieties of empirical psychology. ..."

2. The Principles of Mathematics by Bertrand Russell (1903)
"Thus the empirical premiss, in the investigation of space, ... But here it may be well to make a little digression into the meaning of an empirical premiss. ..."

3. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1901)
"IV—THE POSTULATES OF empirical THOUGHT 1. That which agrees with the formal conditions (intuition and conception) of experience, is possible. . 2. ..."

4. How We Think by John Dewey (1910)
"CHAPTER ELEVEN empirical AND SCIENTIFIC THINKING § I. empirical Thinking Apart from the development of scientific method, empirical inferences depend upon ..."

5. The Persistent Problems of Philosophy: An Introduction to Metaphysics by Mary Whiton Calkins (1912)
"Now the momentary idea may be idea-of-a-self; as such, it is empirical self and is distinguished from the transcendental, the identical, self. ..."

6. Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: In Commemoration of the Centenary by Immanuel Kant (1896)
"IV The Postulates of empirical Thought in General 1. What agrees with the formal conditions of experience (in intuition and in concepts) is possible 2. ..."

7. The Mathematical Theory of Probabilities and Its Application to Frequency by Arne Fisher (1922)
"Relation between empirical Frequency Ratios and Mathematical Probabilities. — In the above limit, a indicates the total number of lucky events while s is ..."

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