non·​em·​pir·​i·​cal | \ ˌnän-im-ˈpir-i-kəl How to pronounce nonempirical (audio) , -em- \

Definition of nonempirical

: not empirical nonempirical evidence/beliefs The … model has been criticized for having a relatively unscientific, nonempirical basis …— Nancy Melucci

Examples of nonempirical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The enforcement of such nonempirical standards as taste and judgment implies a kind of cultural and aesthetic hierarchy that Silicon Valley’s ruling class embraces ruthlessly but will never admit to countenancing. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Small Policy Tweaks Won’t Fix Facebook," 20 Oct. 2019 Each story represents a fresh challenge of how to say things in a nonempirical way. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "With “Fairview,” Jackie Sibblies Drury Breaks the Fourth Wall," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of nonempirical

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonempirical.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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