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

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Other Words from anecdotal

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

Examples of anecdotal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a Facebook group for OB-GYNs with 4,400 members, doctors have recently been trading stories about an alarming, if highly anecdotal, increase in miscarriages and stillbirths in some of their practices. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "Agonizing Lag in Coronavirus Research Puts Pregnant Women and Babies at Risk," 6 July 2020 Citing anecdotal evidence, Brazile said the board has seen many people getting sick after traveling out of state for vacation or other recreational purposes, or people opting to go to work while sick. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "New coronavirus infections in suburban Cuyahoga County hit record high," 10 July 2020 Convalescent plasma therapy has given doctors hope that an effective treatment for the coronavirus is already here, even if the evidence of its successes is anecdotal. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Plasma therapy successes stoke high hopes," 10 July 2020 Treatment options were limited and because the virus was so new, doctors had to rely more on anecdotal evidence than rigorous medical research for ideas of what might help. oregonlive, "For 13 days, Oregon woman was on the brink of death from coronavirus," 9 July 2020 Dewar and Perkins also considered their own anecdotal evidence, like paying $18 — not including the tip — for a Chipotle burrito that only costs $8 in the restaurant. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Two young Dallasites launch free Uptown food delivery service to support local restaurants," 7 July 2020 While most forms of outdoor recreation appear to have increased this spring in Wisconsin, many of those reports are anecdotal or rely on rough estimates. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rise in fishing license sales a bright spot amid health crisis," 5 July 2020 But there’s also anecdotal evidence some of these governments are more concerned an influential and economically independent diaspora, able to move freely between countries, could support a challenge to the leadership. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "African countries are having to come to terms with a growing diaspora’s dual citizenship," 2 July 2020 Abbott, who began reopening the state in late April, lately has pointed in dismay at anecdotal evidence of poor social distancing practices and lack of mask wearing by some Texans during the Memorial Day holiday and in the early part of this month. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "As Texas hits all-time high in new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Greg Abbott tightens outdoor gathering rules This article has comments enabled.," 24 June 2020

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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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1 Aug 2020

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“Anecdotal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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