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  • Is her theory supported by empirical data?
  • Empirical studies provide inputs for our formulas, but the formulas themselves are largely based upon intuitive values.
  • "Attempted Suicide as Language: An Empirical Study," British Journal of Psychiatry
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • ...it meant the rigorous verification of hypotheses by means of repeated empirical observation,
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato

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  • The little bird, the little fish, the little animal learn not by principle, but empirically.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • This is a technical, empirical truth.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The whole notion was mad—absolute bunkum—a refutation of the empirical laws that govern everything!
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The Supreme Court’s decision in Payne appeared shortly after the Court’s decision in McCleskey v. Kemp, a case that presented convincing empirical evidence that the race of the victim is the greatest predictor of who gets the death penalty in the United States.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Of course, all that was empirically true.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I find no literature or empirical data directed to a middle schooler.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s

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  • Maybe they’ll investigate some important empirical problem that has been troubling him for years.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • There was no end in sight to the present horror, plenty of external, empirical horror to line up with my own endogenous supply; and, given enough dope (inspecting the bag: less than half left), I would happily have set up a fat line and toppled right over: greatsouled darkness, explosion of stars.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • That is the plain empirical truth.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And that had made Wu’s DNA work purely empirical.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He once more endeavored to pass the supposed empiric, scorning even the parade of threatening to use the knife, or tomahawk, that was pendent from his belt.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • We call this the empirical method.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Note to self: Look up the words empirical and libidinous Wednesday Night No wonder my dad was so mad about Carol Fernandez’s article!
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • A lot of this work is still empirical, too.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • But it also teaches that the one who relies or prides himself upon his merely empirical, physical character is already undone.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • In other words, what is the scientific empirical basis of causation itself?
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It should be noted that poltergeists are astral beings of questionable reality, while telekinesis is thought to be an empiric function of the mind, possibly electrochemical in nature… When they had finished making love, as she slowly put her clothes in order in the back seat of Tommy Ross’s 1963 Ford, Sue Snell found her thoughts turning back to Carrie White.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • In his old age he reached the clear conviction that nothing but the advice of the great dread spirit could build up any tolerable sort of life for the feeble, unruly, ’incomplete, empirical creatures created in jest.’
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Farmer proposed an "empiric" regimen—a regimen based on his best guesses—which consisted of high-dose ethambutol and four second-line drugs, including a fluoroquinolone.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "We will thwart Rappaccini yet," thought he, chuckling to himself, as he descended the stairs; "but, let us confess the truth of him, he is a wonderful man—a wonderful man indeed; a vile empiric, however, in his practice, and therefore not to be tolerated by those who respect the good old rules of the medical profession."
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • Herr Naphta removed guilt and merit from the empirical world to the metaphysical.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • One in three, based on empirical data.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • I’ve got the empiric processing formula ready for the Computer, and the sample we mocked up.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Finally, the descriptivists have an empirical source of verbal ammunition: concrete examples of how the language is actually used.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • He was not so much interested in surgery as in medicine, which, a more empirical science, offered greater scope to the imagination.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • For the one thing that stood out as this empirical way of running an empire grew up was that the answer to most problems was: Don’t do anything.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • But to think that the invocation of empirical studies on a subject frees one from the job of finding out what the great instinctive psychologists have said about that subject before you got to it is just misguided.
    Adam Gopnik  --  Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
  • Even in the matter of the species…Well, the two axioms of Darwinian theory—the continuity of nature and adaptable design—have never been validated by a single empirical discovery in nearly a hundred and fifty years.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • In contrast, there’s empirical evidence that crackdowns can succeed, when combined with social services such as job retraining and drug rehabilitation, and that’s the approach we’ve come to favor.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • And I had plenty of empirical evidence to support me: the fact that people in department stores, at banks, and at restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her.
    Amy Tan  --  Mother Tongue
  • Not that Mr. Jones did not affect to consider Hiram Doolittle a perfect empiric in his profession, being in the constant habit of listening to his treatises on architecture with a kind of indulgent smile; yet, either from an inability to oppose them by anything plausible from his own stores of learning or from secret admiration, Richard generally submitted to the arguments of his co-adjutor.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • We thank you, maiden: But may not be so credulous of cure,— When our most learned doctors leave us, and The congregated college have concluded That labouring art can never ransom nature From her inaidable estate,—I say we must not So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope, To prostitute our past-cure malady To empirics; or to dissever so Our great self and our credit, to esteem A senseless help, when help past sense we deem.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • …Madeline, Gottlieb was a wicked old man who made fun of the sanctities of Marriage and Easter lilies, to Clif, he was a bore, but Leora glowed as Martin banged the table and quoted his idol: "Up to the present, even in the work of Ehrlich, most research has been largely a matter of trial and error, the empirical method, which is the opposite of the scientific method, by which one seeks to establish a general law governing a group of phenomena so that he may predict what will happen."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • That is to be empiric.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • There is this peculiarity in criminals. It is so constant, in all countries and at all times, that even police, who know not much from philosophy, come to know it empirically, that it is.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • What’s underneath is a conflict of faith, of faith in empirical social planning versus faith in the authority of God as revealed by the teachings of the Catholic Church.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He’d entered India an empirical scientist, and he left India an empirical scientist, not much wiser than he had been when he’d come.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He’d entered India an empirical scientist, and he left India an empirical scientist, not much wiser than he had been when he’d come.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Its existence can be seen empirically in the classroom, and can be demonstrated logically by showing that a world without it cannot exist as we know it.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Empirical science was known in antiquity, but systematic experiments were something quite new.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But in matters of vital importance — meaning, in effect, war and police espionage — the empirical approach is still encouraged, or at least tolerated.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • She had been very careful to point out that the empirical method came before the technological discoveries.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The classic formulation of an empirical approach came from Aristotle.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • To throw out Hume’s conclusions was necessary, but unfortunately he had arrived at them in such a way that it was seemingly impossible to throw them out without abandoning empirical reason itself and retiring into some medieval predecessor of empirical reason.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • To throw out Hume’s conclusions was necessary, but unfortunately he had arrived at them in such a way that it was seemingly impossible to throw them out without abandoning empirical reason itself and retiring into some medieval predecessor of empirical reason.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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