anecdotal

adjective
an·​ec·​dot·​al | \ ˌa-nik-ˈdō-tᵊl \

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

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anecdotally \ -​tᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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Having facts, versus anecdotal evidence, is important to creating purposeful design solutions. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The future of urban mobility will be shaped by these six issues," 18 Dec. 2018 Key indicators used for determining the cause and origin of a fire—most important, if arson occurred—were based on anecdotal evidence, none having been scientifically validated up until this point. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 However, anecdotal evidence suggests that criminals have been taking notice, too. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "3D-printed (and CNC-milled) guns: Nine questions you were too afraid to ask," 5 Aug. 2018 Most information regarding expansion of indications is anecdotal. WSJ, "Should the Feds Join the Trend to Legalize Pot?," 8 Nov. 2018 According to the authors, these findings line up with others being reported across the field, including other brain studies, clinical/behavioral research, and anecdotal reports on individual experiences. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 And yet, there’s been very little data to back up a wealth of anecdotal evidence. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Science confirms that women’s pockets suck for smartphones," 17 Aug. 2018 For centuries, information on the benefits of specific ingredients and regimens have been passed along from generation to generation using a mix of anecdotal evidence and folk knowledge. Christina Perez, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Ancient Rituals Should Be Your New Go-To Beauty Treatments," 15 Oct. 2018 These results, while anecdotal, are supported by a 2001 experiment over Chicago that investigated lightning strikes in thundersnow. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "How tall buildings may have ignited a thundersnow assault during the bomb cyclone," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of anecdotal

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for anecdotal

see anecdote

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