Anecdotal evidence



noun

non-scientific observations or studies, which do not provide proof but may assist research efforts
Examples

This chapter provides anecdotal evidence from personal interviews, public hearings, and surveys.
Word Origin

from the sense of anecdote ‘unpublished narratives or details of history’
Contemporary Examples

But the anecdotal evidence overwhelmingly suggests otherwise (Carrey declined to speak for this story).
Jim Carrey’s Graffiti Rebellion Chris Lee October 2, 2011

anecdotal evidence of waning Chinese interest appears to conform to the actual data.
Vancouver Real-Estate Market Unlikely Victim of China Slowdown Vikram Mansharamani November 11, 2012

A lot of people doubted that this was the case, she says, despite the plethora of anecdotal evidence.
Mosquitoes Love Some People More and Science Wants to Know Why Josh Dzieza August 5, 2013

Whether this constitutes an addiction is hard to say, but there is some anecdotal evidence of compulsive behavior among users.
Hit Gay iPhone App Goes Straight Itay Hod September 6, 2011

For the untold number of cleansers swigging juice for breakfast, anecdotal evidence will have to do for now.
The Truth About Cleansing Lizzie Crocker June 27, 2013

Still, there is some anecdotal evidence and research — though limited — in support of all the hack-hype.
Hack Your Health: 6 Biohacks That Might Surprise You DailyBurn December 3, 2013

anecdotal evidence suggests that celebrity cyberstalking is spreading with viral speed.
Rock Star Shirley Manson From Garbage Battles a Cyberstalker Christine Pelisek, Chris Lee July 15, 2012

I made some phone calls to see whether I could find any anecdotal evidence for the trend.
Hot and Heavy Casey Schwartz March 12, 2009

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