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as in:  anecdotal evidence

just anecdotal evidence
  based on casual observations or indications rather than on rigorous studies
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anecdotal anecdotally
Strongly Associated with:   anecdote
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  • just anecdotal evidence
  • The Federal Reserve publishes the Beige Book (formally known as the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions) which consists of anecdotal information on current economic conditions.
  • credible anecdotal reports
  • The meeting hadn’t lasted long; the lawyer explained the relevant statutes and offered a few anecdotal experiences; later Travis could remember only the loose, almost weak way he had grasped Travis’s hand on his way out the door.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • But when I say I believe in complete disclosure I don’t mean it cheaply, as anecdotal sport or shallow revelation.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • She was tactful, torrentially anecdotal.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • …sound of it, the labyrinthine mass of oleander and jasmine, lantana and mimosa walling yet again the strip of bare earth combed and curried with powdered shell, raked and immaculate and only the most recent of the brown stains showing now, and the voice—the mentor, the guide standing aside now to watch the grave provincial face—casually and pleasantly anecdotal: ’The customary way is to stand back to back, the pistol in your right hand and the corner of the other cloak in your left.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Parcells accumulated lots of anecdotal evidence in support of his view of Taylor’s football character.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • That’s why he was here, to surrender himself to longing, to listen to his host recite the anecdotal texts, all the passed-down stones of bonehead plays and swirling brawls, the pitching duels that carried into twilight, stories that Marvin had been collecting for half a century—the deep eros of memory that separates baseball from other sports.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Anecdotal evidence in Bangladesh and other countries suggests that loosening controls over antibiotics and encouraging women to take them postpartum will reduce death from sepsis.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky

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  • Whatever anecdotal lore he failed to recall, Clyde was quick to provide.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Anecdotally, we know of many women who, with education, were able to obtain jobs or start businesses and transform their lives and the lives of those around them.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • …she was ready, it seemed, but Klara also liked looking right through the tonal components, the high theory of color, the theory of paint itself, perhaps—looking into the depths of the picture, at the mother, the woman, the mother herself, the anecdotal aspect of a woman in a chair, thinking, and immensely interesting she was, so Quaker-prim and still, faraway-seeming but only because she was lost, Klara thought, in memory, caught in the midst of a memory trance, a strong and elegiac…
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • …seemed to have occurred with a sort of violent abrogation which must have been almost as short as his telling about it—a very condensation of time which was the gauge of its own violence, and he telling it in that pleasant faintly forensic anecdotal manner apparently just as he remembered it, was impressed by it through detached and impersonal interest and curiosity which even fear (that once when he mentioned fear by that same inverse process of speaking of a time when he was not…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
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Associated words [difficulty]:   anecdotal [8] , anecdote [3]
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