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Line breaks: em¦pir|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈpɪrɪk(ə)l
, ɪm-/

Definition of empirical in English:


Based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic: they provided considerable empirical evidence to support their argument
More example sentences
  • The question of whether science causes harm might seem to be an empirical rather than a philosophical one.
  • The work has a strong empirical base, but it is firmly governed by theory.
  • These judgments, when known, constitute knowledge that is based on nothing empirical.
observed, seen, factual, actual, real, verifiable, first-hand;
experimental, experiential;
technical heuristic
rare empiric



[sentence adverb]: empirically, the theory has a number of weaknesses
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  • The theory regards this claim as conceptually unobjectionable and empirically verifiable.
  • But it is increasingly recognized that this approach to metics is not viable, and is both morally and empirically flawed.
  • I fail to find substantiating, empirically based evidence, anywhere in this literature.

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