empiric

noun
em·​pir·​ic | \im-ˈpir-ik, em-\

Definition of empiric 

2 : one who relies on practical experience

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The irony is that citizenship helps drive integration — not the other way around Like many immigration arguments, the case for ending birthright citizenship is a normative argument wrapped in incorrect empirics. Dara Lind, Vox, "Birthright citizenship, explained: why some on the right want to end it, and what they get wrong," 23 July 2018 Atheists are philosophers not scientists and science is not a philosophy or a religion but a method of empiric inquiry based on questioning, imagination and experimentation. Wired Letters Department, WIRED, "From Scott Wilson," 1 Dec. 2006

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First Known Use of empiric

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for empiric

Middle English emperiqe "physician in ancient Greece and Rome who held that treatment should be based on observation rather than theory," borrowed from Latin empīricus, empēricus, borrowed from Greek empeirikós, derivative of empeirikós, adjective, "based on observation (of medical treatment), experienced," from empeiría "experience, practice" (derivative of émpeiros "experienced, practiced," from em- en- entry 2 + -peiros, derivative of peîra "attempt, trial, test") + -ikos -ic entry 1; peîra going back to *per-i̯a, derivative of a verbal base *per- perhaps going back to Indo-European *per- "cross, pass" — more at fare entry 1

Note: See note at peril entry 1

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empiric

noun
em·​pir·​ic | \im-ˈpir-ik, em- \

Medical Definition of empiric 

1a : a member of an ancient sect of physicians who based their practice on experience alone disregarding all theoretical and philosophic considerations

b : quack

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