an·​ec·​dot·​al ˌa-nik-ˈdō-tᵊl How to pronounce anecdotal (audio)
: based on or consisting of reports or observations of usually unscientific observers
anecdotal evidence
health benefits that may be more anecdotal than factual
: of, relating to, or consisting of anecdotes
an anecdotal biography
: given to or skilled in telling anecdotes : anecdotic sense 2
my anecdotal uncle
: of, relating to, or being the depiction of a scene suggesting a story
anecdotal details
anecdotally adverb

Examples of anecdotal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So far, some anecdotal data has shown promising results for GLP-1 drugs as addiction treatments. Lev Facher Reprints, STAT, 21 Mar. 2024 Plus, there’s a lot of anecdotal support for this hack: Dr. Baker says many of her patients swear by it, for example. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 20 Mar. 2024 No More Long Hair for Me, Thanks Nails The Gray Nail Trend Is Still Going Strong With Gabrielle Union’s French Manicure By Marci Robin This is anecdotal, however. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 6 Mar. 2024 The organization hasn't conducted formal surveys; Roberts said the concerns were anecdotal. Sahana Jayaraman, The Arizona Republic, 29 Feb. 2024 That may be purely anecdotal, but nonetheless the stage was set for a truly special Test match. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Most of the evidence on this seems to be anecdotal or severely outdated. Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2024 This phenomenon isn’t just anecdotal: In 2023, a survey by the investment bank Piper Sandler found that teen shoppers spent 19 percent more on skin care and 33 percent more on cosmetics than in the year prior. Elise Hu, The Atlantic, 24 Feb. 2024 This is all anecdotal, of course, and there’s not a whole lot of objective research showing a definitive link between hard workouts and less staying power for Botox. Jenny McCoy, SELF, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History


see anecdote

First Known Use

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of anecdotal was in 1715

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“Anecdotal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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