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1. empirical

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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

  • subjective
  • algorithmic
  • analytic
  • a priori

Etymology

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

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Words that Rhyme with Empirical

  • satirical
  • lyrical

Example sentences of the word empirical


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

Quotes containing the word 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.

Antonyms

  • hypothetical

Etymology

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