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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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 But longstanding anecdotal evidence, including recent input by Redditors, has backed up this claim. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Why Kim Kardashian Wants You to Google Pineapple Juice," 9 July 2018 But anecdotal evidence suggests official sanction is building, according to veteran observers of the Chinese market. Danielle Paquette, latimes.com, "Some U.S. companies operating in China think the trade war may have already started," 4 July 2018 There are numerous anecdotal pieces of evidence that some people feel energized, higher spirits and sleep better in spring. NBC News, "This is your brain on spring fever," 13 May 2018 From an anecdotal perspective, those close to Manning downplayed the cracks in his foundation, both physically and emotionally. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Why Are the Giants Still Building Around 37-Year-Old Eli Manning?," 4 May 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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