Definition of anecdotal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanəkˈdōdl/


1(Of an account) not necessarily true or reliable, because based on personal accounts rather than facts or research: while there was much anecdotal evidence there was little hard fact these claims were purely anecdotal
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  • Historic accounts of this era give no indication of any negative impact to fish populations and in fact, anecdotal accounts reflect quite the opposite.
  • Theory is paraded as fact, anecdotal accounts as hard data.
  • There is a reliable anecdotal account that, in my opinion, gives a partial answer to the question.
1.1Characterized by or fond of telling anecdotes: her book is anecdotal and chatty
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  • In a witty, anecdotal and at times serious speech, Pierce said he was the eldest male member of a family of eight - seven boys and a girl.
  • Are we in for a pleasant, anecdotal account of Didion's family connections with a pioneering past, you wonder.
  • The narrative is tangential and anecdotal, a linear mosaic of small failures and smaller successes, interspersed with laugh out loud one-liners.
1.2 [attributive] (Of a painting) depicting small narrative incidents: nineteenth-century French anecdotal paintings
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  • Over the next 20 years his anecdotal paintings of peasant life, based on a close study of Dutch 17th-century genre painters, were universally admired.
  • Schad's graphic work, often anecdotal and illustrational, is evocative of George Grosz but without the muscle.
  • It is their freedom from the traditional literary, anecdotal, or moralistic associations of painting that has caused him to be regarded as one of the pioneers of modern art.



Pronunciation: /-tl-ist/
Example sentences
  • One the most accomplished anecdotalists was Henry McKenzie, author of The Man of Feeling, who counted among his friends Robert Burns, a past master of cutting wit.
  • As one interviewer noted: ‘He's not a barrel of chuckles to talk to - not a anecdotalist like Ben Affleck.’
  • He's not an historian, he's not an archivist, he's not an anecdotalist.


Example sentences
  • I have been told, anecdotally, that Maldon is one of the most vibrant and healthy towns in Essex, if not the east of England.
  • While I have no statistical evidence to support this, I have noticed anecdotally that ‘local’ students in Ph.D. programs are among the least likely to complete the dissertation.
  • In every indicator I get - anecdotally, talking to friends in all these swing states, looking at early voting patterns - is that this will be an extraordinarily large turnout.

Words that rhyme with anecdotal

sacerdotal, teetotal, total

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Syllabification: an·ec·do·tal

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