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[em-pir-i-kuh l] /ɛmˈpɪr ɪ kəl/

derived from or guided by experience or experiment.
depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory, especially as in medicine.
provable or verifiable by experience or experiment.
derived from or relating to experiment and observation rather than theory
(of medical treatment) based on practical experience rather than scientific proof

of or relating to medical quackery
(statistics) the posterior probability of an event derived on the basis of its observed frequency in a sample Compare mathematical probability See also posterior probability

1560s, from empiric + -al (1).

empirical em·pir·i·cal (ěm-pēr’ĭ-kəl)

em·pir’i·cal·ly adv.
Relying on or derived from observation or experiment.


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