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 Furthermore, while the studies are ambiguous about its benefits, there are countless anecdotal stories of KT Tape helping individuals manage injuries during both exercise and daily activities for many years. Cory Smith, Outside Online, 26 June 2024 Mental health improvements have been largely anecdotal; one 2018 case study followed a young woman who weaned herself off antidepressants with a cold-water-swimming regimen. Jesse Greenspan, Scientific American, 14 May 2024 But there have been anecdotal reports of additional farmworkers who have been sick with flu-like symptoms who have not been tested. Helen Branswell, STAT, 25 June 2024 Based on anecdotal reports from fellow collectors, that assessment feels right. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for anecdotal 

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

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