empiricism

noun em·pir·i·cism \ im-ˈpir-ə-ˌsi-zəm , em- \
Updated on: 6 Apr 2018

Definition of empiricism

1 a : a former school of medical practice founded on experience without the aid of science or theory
2 a : the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciences
b : a tenet arrived at empirically
3 : a theory that all knowledge originates in experience

empiricist

play \im-ˈpir-ə-sist, em-\ noun

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EMPIRICISM Defined for English Language Learners

empiricism

Definition of empiricism for English Language Learners

  • : the practice of basing ideas and theories on testing and experience


Medical Dictionary

empiricism

noun em·pir·i·cism \ im-ˈpir-ə-ˌsiz-əm, em- \

medical Definition of empiricism

1 a : a former school of medical practice based on the teachings of the empirics
b : quackery
2 : the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciences


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