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empirical

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Definition based on experience or observation rather than theory
  • Is her theory supported by empirical data?
empirical = based on experience or observation rather than theory
  • Empirical studies provide inputs for our formulas, but the formulas themselves are largely based upon intuitive values.
  • empirical = based on experience or observation
  • Any movement needs to be flexible; it should be relentlessly empirical and open to different strategies in different places.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • empirical = based on experience or observation rather than theory
  • 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
  • empirical = based on experience or observation
  • 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
  • empirically = from experience or observation
  • "Attempted Suicide as Language: An Empirical Study," British Journal of Psychiatry
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • empirical = based on experience or observation rather than theory
  • The little bird, the little fish, the little animal learn not by principle, but empirically.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • empirically = form experience
  • ...it meant the rigorous verification of hypotheses by means of repeated empirical observation,
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • empirical = based on experience or observation rather than theory
  • 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
  • empirical = based on experience or observation rather than theory
  • That is to be empiric.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • empiric = based on experience or observation rather than theory
  • This failed to happen, partly because of the impoverishment caused by a long series of wars and revolutions, partly because scientific and technical progress depended on the empirical habit of thought, which could not survive in a strictly regimented society.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • empirical = based on experience or observation rather than theory
  • And that had made Wu's DNA work purely empirical.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Maybe they'll investigate some important empirical problem that has been troubling him for years.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • 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
  • 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
  • I've got the empiric processing formula ready for the Computer, and the sample we mocked up.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • 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
  • Herr Naphta removed guilt and merit from the empirical world to the metaphysical.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I find no literature or empirical data directed to a middle schooler.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s

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