1. empirical

adjective. ['ˌɛmˈpɪrɪkəl'] derived from experiment and observation rather than theory.


  • experiential
  • falsifiable
  • verifiable
  • empiric
  • observational
  • semiempirical
  • trial-and-error
  • experimental
  • existential
  • a posteriori
  • confirmable


  • subjective
  • algorithmic
  • analytic
  • a priori


  • -al (English)
  • empiric (English)
  • empirique (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Empirical

  • satirical
  • lyrical

How do you pronounce empirical?

Pronounce empirical as ˌɛmˈpɪrɪkəl.

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Sentences with empirical

1. Adjective
You observe these dimensions through the empirical data given to you by our senses like vision and hearing.

Quotes about empirical

1. If we wish to draw philosophical conclusions about our own existence, our significance, and the significance of the universe itself, our conclusions should be based on empirical knowledge. A truly open mind means forcing our imaginations to conform to the evidence of reality, and not vice versa, whether or not we like the implications.
- Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

2. ...evolution is not a religious tenet, to which one swears allegiance or belief as a matter of faith.. It is a factual reality of the empirical world. Just as one would not say 'I believe in gravity,"one should not proclaim 'I believe in evolution.
- Michael Shermer

2. empirical

adjective. ['ˌɛmˈpɪrɪkəl'] relying on medical quackery.


  • hypothetical


  • -al (English)
  • empiric (English)
  • empirique (Old French (842-ca. 1400))