empiric

noun em·pir·ic \ im-ˈpir-ik , em- \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of empiric

1 : charlatan 2
2 : one who relies on practical experience

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Origin and Etymology of 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- 2en- + -peiros, derivative of peîra "attempt, trial, test") + -ikos 1-ic; peîra going back to *per-i̯a, derivative of a verbal base *per- perhaps going back to Indo-European *per- "cross, pass" — more at 1fare
Note: See note at 1peril


Medical Dictionary

empiric

noun em·pir·ic \ im-ˈpir-ik, em- \

medical Definition of empiric

1 a : 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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