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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 em·pir·ic /ɪmˈpɪrɪk, ɛm-/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 em·pir·ic /-ɪk/ 形容詞

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Em·pir·ic n.
 1. One who follows an empirical method; one who relies upon practical experience.
 2. One who confines himself to applying the results of mere experience or his own observation; especially, in medicine, one who deviates from the rules of science and regular practice; an ignorant and unlicensed pretender; a quack; a charlatan.
    Among the Greek physicians, those who founded their practice on experience called themselves empirics.   --Krauth-Fleming.
    Swallow down opinions as silly people do empirics' pills.   --Locke.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Em·pir·ic 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: relying on medical quackery; "empiric treatment" [syn: empirical]
      2: derived from experiment and observation rather than theory;
         "an empirical basis for an ethical theory"; "empirical
         laws"; "empirical data"; "an empirical treatment of a
         disease about which little is known" [syn: empirical]
         [ant: theoretical]