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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And people are definitely dreaming about the internet, at least according to anecdotal reports. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Do You Dream in Internet? Don’t Freak Out," 23 June 2018 Unfortunately, during the primary and runoff season, there were some unverified, anecdotal reports of allegedly unfair behavior by some candidates or their supporters, including claims of ‘over the top’ social media posts and direct mail pieces. Houston Chronicle, "Letters to the Editor: week of June 9-15," 9 June 2018 Several anecdotal reports, case reports, case series and small studies have reported on CBD for many of these disorders. Timothy Welty, Philly.com, "Marijuana boosters hail FDA approval of pot-based epilepsy drug. Is it a win for weed?," 20 Apr. 2018 Anselm said anecdotal reports of Alaskans being asked to buy into new cryptocurrencies prompted the division's advice. Andrew Kitchenman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska regulators urge caution to investors considering bitcoin," 6 Jan. 2018 There is anecdotal information about people using marijuana to wean themselves from opioids, ease the misery of withdrawal, or limit their opioid use. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Could marijuana help treat opioid addiction? Pennsylvania may soon find out," 6 July 2018 Most of the Fed’s regional districts reported moderate economic growth in late April and early May, the Fed said in its latest roundup of anecdotal information about regional economic conditions known as the beige book. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Volcker Rule changes aren't actually wholesale gutting of post-crisis regime," 31 May 2018 Most of the Fed’s regional districts reported moderate economic growth in late April and early May, the Fed said in its latest roundup of anecdotal information about regional economic conditions known as the beige book. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Fed’s Beige Book Finds Manufacturing Shifting Into Higher Gear," 30 May 2018 Voters so far appear more inclined to credit the anecdotal evidence aligning to the contrary. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Voters already fear economic pain from Trump's trade war," 9 July 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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