Definition of empiricism
2a : the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciencesb : a tenet arrived at empirically
3 : a theory that all knowledge originates in experience
empiricistplay \im-ˈpir-ə-sist, em-\ noun
Recent Examples of empiricism from the Web
Meanwhile, over at the EPA, the war against empiricism continues apace.
Nonetheless, the patterns are becoming more susceptible to empiricism—to a science of surveillance, analysis, and iterative correction.
The election was a victory for gut instinct over empiricism, for cynicism over reason.
That’s because Facebook operates under a veneer of empiricism.
Like the principle of liberty, the principle of empiricism moves us always towards a better, freer, healthier world.
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EMPIRICISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of empiricism for English Language Learners
: the practice of basing ideas and theories on testing and experience
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