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 more research is needed, so far studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD can treat anxiety, pain, insomnia, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Cannabis Brand Kush Queen Is Launching a Makeup Brand," 8 Aug. 2019 Beijing has had to invest even more deeply in its relationships with Pakistani, Turkish, and Gulf governments to the tune of billions, but there’s anecdotal evidence that its reputation is deteriorating at the grassroots level. Johann Chacko, Quartz India, "With Kashmir move, India risks losing the upper hand of a responsible, nuclear-armed democracy," 6 Aug. 2019 Sellers peddling their products this weekend say there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to show people and pets are getting relief with everything from digestive troubles to panic attacks. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Just chillin': CBD won’t get you high, but it can ease what ails you, vendors say," 3 Aug. 2019 The study did not address why women had been using cannabis, though there has been anecdotal evidence some women may turn to marijuana to help ease the stress and nausea associated with morning sickness. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Pot during pregnancy: A growing number of expecting mothers are using cannabis," 19 July 2019 Based on anecdotal evidence, Twitter has become their favorite platform for luring in suckers. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Nigerian scammers slide into DMs, so Ars trolls them," 18 July 2019 As the process becomes more stringent, Oni says anecdotal evidence from applicants who have been through the visa process recently suggests there are already higher levels of application denials. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Trump’s clampdown on US visas for Nigerians is cultivating fear—and “fake news”," 17 July 2019 Test scores back up the anecdotal evidence offered in each forum. Dan Mcgowan,, "Three key takeaways on Providence schools. A tale about battle flags. What’s next for startups?," 15 July 2019 So far, programs have spread mostly because of anecdotal evidence. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "At Pike Place Market, seniors and kids work well together – and schools and day cares nationwide are noticing," 8 July 2019

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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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