A Word A Day : Empirical

Wednesday, 5th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : (em-pir'i-kal)

1. Relying on or derived from observation or experiment

2. Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment

3. Guided by practical experience and not theory, especially in medicine

4. Using code or cipher

5. Biology : Tending to conceal or camouflage


1. Empiric

2. Practical

3. Experimental


1. Theoretic

2. Theoretical

Contextual Example:

• The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

• It is your own empirical generalization, and it is correct.

• Human life and its persons are poor empirical pretensions.

Related Word:

Empirically : Adverb

Empiricism : Noun

Empiricist : Noun

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