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

  • adj. Relating to or concerned with discrete or unique facts or events: History is an idiographic discipline, studying events that cannot be repeated.

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  • adj. of or pertaining to individuals.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to idiography or to an idiograph.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an idiograph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or consisting of an idiograph or idiographs.
  • Concerned with the individual; descriptive and interpretative of single and unique facts and processes: opposed to nomothetic.

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  • adj. relating to or involving the study of individuals


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  • Qualitative research may be idiographic or nomothetic.

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  • I believe the distinction by Wilhelm Dilthey between "nomothetic" (= positing laws) and "idiographic" (= describing individuals) sciences, is still much more fruitful than other approaches that tend to blur the dividing line.

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  • It's also worth stating that one of the theoretical approaches associated with ethnographic research is an idiographic, rather than nomothetic, approach to data -- a concern with the particular, rather than the general.

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  • “Island biogeography has changed in a decade,” Simberloff wrote, “from an idiographic discipline with few organizing principles to a nomothetic science with predictive general laws.”

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  • American tribes, point out the symbol of the sun, in their ancient muzzinabikons, or rock-inscriptions, and also amid the idiographic tracery and bark-scrolls of the hieratic and magical medicine songs.

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  • Both can contribute to scientific approach - idiographic suited to description; nomothetic to predictions.

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  • Two approaches can be complementary - idiographic can further develop a nomothetic law.

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  • The Ballzheimer's cup first round must remain undecided, as both present maximal claims within their respective (nomothetic vs idiographic re: wars) approaches.

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