an·​ec·​dot·​al | \ ˌa-nik-ˈdō-tᵊl How to pronounce anecdotal (audio) \

Definition of anecdotal

1 : based on or consisting of reports or observations of usually unscientific observers anecdotal evidence health benefits that may be more anecdotal than factual
2a : of, relating to, or consisting of anecdotes an anecdotal biography
b : given to or skilled in telling anecdotes : anecdotic sense 2 my anecdotal uncle
3 : of, relating to, or being the depiction of a scene suggesting a story anecdotal details

Other Words from anecdotal

anecdotally \ ˌa-​nik-​ˈdō-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce anecdotal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of anecdotal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The report backs anecdotal evidence raised by advocates and parents about drivers disregarding traffic rules and follows several collisions involving schoolchildren, which sounded alarm among city leaders last fall. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 More broadly, there is some anecdotal evidence that a few recent events have impacted the perceptions of foreign investors in the desirability of investing in the USA. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Both anecdotal evidence and every music industry metric suggest that Bad Bunny is a cultural phenomenon – an icon, even – whose influence on pop culture is both unprecedented and not done growing. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 21 July 2022 There is anecdotal evidence that hundreds of Kherson residents have crossed into Crimea and then traveled through Russia or Turkey. Andrew Raine, CNN, 11 July 2022 Some of those indicators are informal and anecdotal, like stories from friends or co-workers out sick after a positive test result. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2022 Much of the research draws on the anecdotal experiences of clinicians and patients, and many studies have had small sample sizes, Kaimal notes. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 July 2022 But for all their anecdotal success, the programs still have some ways to go before their impact is measurable. New York Times, 7 July 2022 Some of his colleagues downplayed or dismissed that statistical and anecdotal context. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of anecdotal

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for anecdotal

see anecdote

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“Anecdotal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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