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 anecdotal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of anecdotal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that pay is going up, especially for workers at the bottom of the jobs ladder. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 31 May 2021 Following its meteoric rise a couple of years back, CBD aka cannabidiol continues to take the world of wellness by storm thanks to its numerous (albeit anecdotal) calming and anti-inflammatory benefits. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 28 May 2021 In other words, any benefits of that nature are based on anecdotal evidence. Jacqueline Kilikita,, 18 May 2021 Andre Perry, a senior fellow for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program who studies housing discrimination, said anecdotal evidence of housing discrimination can be found around the country. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2021 Ford's Craig DeWald says hard data is still being processed but based on anecdotal evidence so far the company's reskilling efforts using the Degreed platform are paying off. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The study offers anecdotal evidence of these problems from around the world. Ashley Stimpson, Wired, 13 May 2021 There are no authoritative estimates on how many ghost skins may have entered the police force, but anecdotal evidence provides a snapshot into what is certainly a real, if limited, phenomenon. Steve Volk, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2021 The new guidance was largely based on anecdotal evidence generated in response to the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of anecdotal

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for anecdotal

see anecdote

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The first known use of anecdotal was in 1715

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3 Jun 2021

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“Anecdotal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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