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anecdotal evidence

Definition of anecdotal evidence

  1. :  evidence in the form of stories that people tell about what has happened to them <His conclusions are not supported by data; they are based only on anecdotal evidence.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  of, relating to, or consisting of anecdotes

    :  anecdotic

    :  based on or consisting of reports or observations of usually unscientific observers

  1. :  an outward sign :  indication

    :  something that furnishes proof :  testimony

    :  something legally submitted to a tribunal to ascertain the truth of a matter

  1. :  to offer evidence of :  prove, evince

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a dwelling place or home

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