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

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While there are no national statistics on consensual non-monogamy, anecdotal evidence suggests it’s a growing trend. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Rise of Polyamory Relationships," 30 Apr. 2019 Pain, anxiety, acne—anecdotal evidence suggests the cannabinoid works wonders for each of those issues and more, and marketers are certainly spreading the hype. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 Scientific and anecdotal data shows a clear link between domestic violence and homicide of many types. Meagan Fredette,, "New Revelations Show Golden State Killer Had Toxic History With Women," 29 Apr. 2018 There’s plenty of empirical and anecdotal evidence that even legal immigrants might be reluctant to participate, let alone those who are unauthorized. Michael Smolens,, "Trump's latest immigration gambit puts Democrats back on their heels," 1 Apr. 2018 The anecdotal findings of his focus groups suggest that adoptees report being misdiagnosed, having their symptoms misinterpreted (as Nanci experienced), and enduring invasive tests that could have been ruled out with complete family medical records. Fiona Tapp, SELF, "What It’s Like to Fill in the Gaps in Your Health History When You’re Adopted," 18 Jan. 2019 China last week reported that its gross domestic product last year advanced at its slowest pace since 1990, and anecdotal evidence abounds that its economy has hit a rough patch. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Caterpillar’s Stumble Was No Chinese Puzzle," 28 Jan. 2019 Apple’s keyboard woes have been well-documented, if anecdotal; The Outline was a vocal critic as early as last October. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Apple Will Fix Your Messed Up MacBook Pro Keyboard for Free," 22 June 2018 That followed anecdotal reports from high schools suggesting vaping has exploded on campuses across the country. Julia Belluz, Vox, "$1.3 million: the average bonus Juul employees get after a deal with a cigarette maker," 20 Dec. 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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