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Empirical
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. In philosophical language, the term empirical means simply what belongs to or is the product of experience or observation. --Sir W. Hamilton. The village carpenter . . . lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship. --H. Spencer. 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. Empirical formula. (Chem.) See under Formula. Syn: See Transcendental.

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