empiricism

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noun em·pir·i·cism \ im-ˈpir-ə-ˌsi-zəm , em- \

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

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First Known Use of empiricism

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EMPIRICISM Defined for English Language Learners

empiricism

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Definition of empiricism for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

empiricism

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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
2 :the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciences


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