Definition of empirical in English:

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Pronunciation: /əmˈpirik(ə)l/


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
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  • 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.
experiential, practical, heuristic, firsthand, hands-on;
observed, evidence-based, seen, demonstrable

Words that rhyme with empirical

lyrical, miracle, panegyrical, satirical

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Syllabification: em·pir·i·cal

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