em·​pir·​i·​cal·​ly im-ˈpir-i-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce empirically (audio)
: in an empirical manner : with a basis in or reliance on information obtained through observation, experiment, or experience
a theory that has not yet been tested empirically
… using Tycho Brahe's most exhaustive astronomical observations in history, Kepler had empirically demonstrated that the planets orbit elliptically.Charles Krauthammer
The statistical models were flawed, the defense maintained, noting that none had been empirically tested.Simon Cole

Examples of empirically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because there is no diagnostic test to empirically identify ME/CFS in a patient, the best that medical experts can do is to first rule out other diseases or conditions that could be causing the symptoms. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024 There was a story about women who are staying single getting richer in America on Bloomberg, and that is empirically false. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2024 Indeed, there is little here for the prurient: Martin’s divorce is mentioned briefly and without rancor; his courtship with his wife, Anne, is described straightforwardly by both even though falling in love over the phone with your New Yorker fact-checker is, empirically, hilarious. Jessica Kiang, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 The Difficulty Level Is the Same People might assume running outside is empirically harder than logging miles inside on a treadmill. Jennifer Cohen, Health, 16 Mar. 2024 Zhao presents a robust and empirically rich rebuttal of the realist theory that China’s foreign policy is the straightforward product of its geostrategic position and the broader balance of power. Suisheng Zhao, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 However, this conception is empirically false; its roots were heavily influenced by Black music and shaped by Black traditions. Dr. Marcus Collins, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 How Do Our Brains Process Clutter? Productivity isn’t an easy thing to test for empirically, Kastner says. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 The research empirically finding Huntington’s theory to be wrongheaded continued to mount. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 19 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of empirically was in 1646

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“Empirically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empirically. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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