empirical

[ em-pir-i-kuhl ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

from Ancient Green word ἐμπειρία, empeiria, which is cognate with and translates to the Latin experientia, from which the words experience and experiment are derived

Synonyms

  • firsthand
  • experimenal
  • factual
  • observational
  • experiment
  • experiential
  • observed
  • pragmatic
  • provisional
  • speculative

Antonyms

  • conjectural
  • impractical
  • theoretical
  • hypothetical. theoretic

Definition

derived from or guided by experience or experiment

Example

Unfortunately, Susan didn't have any empirical evidence to suggest so she failed the assignment.

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