Empirics



[em-pir-ik] /ɛmˈpɪr ɪk/

noun
1.
a person who follows an method.
2.
a quack; charlatan.
adjective
3.
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/ɛmˈpɪrɪk/
noun
1.
a person who relies on empirical methods
2.
a medical quack; charlatan
adjective
3.
a variant of empirical
adj.

c.1600, from Latin empiricus “a physician guided by experience,” from Greek empeirikos “experienced,” from empeiria “experience,” from empeiros “skilled,” from en “in” (see en- (2)) + peira “trial, experiment,” from PIE *per- “to try, risk.” Originally a school of ancient physicians who based their practice on experience rather than theory. Earlier as a noun (1540s) in reference to the sect, and earliest (1520s) in a sense “quack doctor” which was in frequent use 16c.-19c.

empiric em·pir·ic (ěm-pēr’ĭk)
n.

adj.

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