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empirical
used in 1984 by Orwell

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Definition
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.
    p. 193.4
empirical = based on experience or observation
  • 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.
    p. 189.3
  • 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.
    p. 193.6
empirical = based on experience or observation rather than theory
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