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empiricism

noun em·pir·i·cism \im-ˈpir-ə-ˌsi-zəm, em-\

: the practice of basing ideas and theories on testing and experience

Full Definition of EMPIRICISM

1
a :  a former school of medical practice founded on experience without the aid of science or theory
b :  quackery, charlatanry
2
a :  the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciences
b :  a tenet arrived at empirically
3
:  a theory that all knowledge originates in experience
em·pir·i·cist \-sist\ noun

First Known Use of EMPIRICISM

1657

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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Medical Dictionary

empiricism

noun em·pir·i·cism \im-ˈpir-ə-ˌsiz-əm, em-\

Medical Definition of EMPIRICISM

1
a :  a former school of medical practice based on the teachings of the empirics b :  quackery
2
:  the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciences

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