HyperDic: empirical

English > 2 senses of the word empirical:
ADJECTIVEallempirical, empiricderived from experiment and observation rather than theory
pertempirical, empiricrelying on medical quackery
empirical > pronunciation
Soundseh.mpih'rihkahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > empirical: 2 senses > adjective 1
Meaningderived from experiment and observation rather than theory.
Examples
  • "an empirical basis for an ethical theory"
  • "empirical laws"
  • "empirical data"
  • "an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known"
Synonymempiric
Narrowera posteriorirequiring evidence for validation or support
confirmable, verifiable, falsifiablecapable of being tested (verified or falsified) by experiment or observation
experiential, existentialderived from experience or the experience of existence
experimental, data-based, observationalRelying on observation or experiment
experimentalOf the nature of or undergoing an experiment / experiment / experiment
semiempiricalrelying to some extent on observation or experiment
trial-and-errortrying out various means or theories until error is satisfactorily reduced or eliminated
Oppositetheoretical, theoreticconcerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations
Spanishempírica, empírico
Catalanempíric
Nounsempiricismthe application of empirical methods in any art or science
Adverbsempiricallyin an empirical manner
English > empirical: 2 senses > adjective 2, pert
MeaningRelying on medical quackery.
Synonymempiric
Usage ofarchaism, archaicismThe use of an archaic expression
Spanishempírico
Nounsquackery, empiricismmedical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings

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