Empiricism Em*pir"i*cism, n. 1. The method or practice of an empiric; pursuit of knowledge by observation and experiment. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically, a practice of medicine founded on mere experience, without the aid of science or a knowledge of principles; ignorant and unscientific practice; charlatanry; quackery. [1913 Webster]

3. (Metaph.) The philosophical theory which attributes the origin of all our knowledge to experience. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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