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empiricism

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

Simple Definition of empiricism

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of empiricism

  1. 1 a :  a former school of medical practice founded on experience without the aid of science or theory b :  quackery, charlatanry

  2. 2 a :  the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciences b :  a tenet arrived at empirically

  3. 3 :  a theory that all knowledge originates in experience

empiricist play \-sist\ noun

1657

First Known Use of empiricism

1657

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Medical Dictionary

empiricism

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

Medical Definition of empiricism

  1. 1a:  a former school of medical practice based on the teachings of the empiricsb:  quackery

  2. 2:  the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciences




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