Empiric Em*pir"ic, Empirical Em*pir"ic*al, a. 1. Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments. [1913 Webster]

In philosophical language, the term empirical means simply what belongs to or is the product of experience or observation. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

The village carpenter . . . lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship. --H. Spencer. [1913 Webster]

2. Depending upon experience or observation alone, without due regard to science and theory; -- said especially of medical practice, remedies, etc.; wanting in science and deep insight; as, empiric skill, remedies. [1913 Webster]

{Empirical formula}. (Chem.) See under {Formula}.

Syn: See {Transcendental}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • empiric — (adj.) c.1600, from L. empiricus a physician guided by experience, from Gk. empeirikos experienced, from empeiria experience, from empeiros skilled, from en in (see EN (Cf. en ) (2)) + peira trial, experiment, from PIE …   Etymology dictionary

  • empiric — [em pir′ik] n. [L empiricus < Gr empeirikos, experienced < empeiria, experience < en , in + peira, a trial, experiment: see FARE] 1. a person who relies solely on practical experience rather than on scientific principles 2. Archaic a… …   English World dictionary

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