- 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 anecdotalMore example sentences
- 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 chattyMore example sentences
- 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 paintingsMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.