from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.
  • noun An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.
  • adjective Empirical.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as empirical.
  • Versed in physical experimentation: as, an empiric alchemist.
  • Of or pertaining to the medical empirics.
  • noun One of an ancient sect of Greek physicians who maintained that practice or experience, and not theory, is the foundation of the science of medicine.
  • noun An experimenter in medical practice, destitute of adequate knowledge; an irregular or unscientific physician; more distinctively, a quack or charlatan.
  • noun In general, one who depends mainly upon experience or intuition; one whose procedure in any field of action or inquiry is too exclusively empirical.
  • noun = Syn.2. Mountebank, etc. See quack, n.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments.
  • adjective 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.
  • adjective (Chem.) See under Formula.
  • noun One who follows an empirical method; one who relies upon practical experience.
  • noun One who confines himself to applying the results of mere experience or his own observation; especially, in medicine, one who deviates from the rules of science and regular practice; an ignorant and unlicensed pretender; a quack; a charlatan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective empirical
  • noun A member of a sect of ancient physicians who based their theories solely on experience.
  • noun Someone who is guided by empiricism; an empiricist.
  • noun Any unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan; a quack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective relying on medical quackery
  • adjective derived from experiment and observation rather than theory


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin empīricus, from Greek empeirikos, experienced, from empeiros, skilled : en-, in; see en– + peirān, to try (from peira, try, attempt; see per- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French empirique, from Latin empiricus, from Ancient Greek ἐμπειρικός ("experienced"), from ἐμπειρία (empeiria, "experience, mere experience or practice without knowledge, especially in medicine, empiricism"), from ἔμπειρος (empeiros, "experienced or practised in"), from ἐν (en, "in") + πεῖρα (peira, "a trial, experiment, attempt").


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