non·​em·​pir·​i·​cal ˌnän-im-ˈpir-i-kəl How to pronounce nonempirical (audio)
: 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, 20 Oct. 2019 Each story represents a fresh challenge of how to say things in a nonempirical way. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 24 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonempirical was in 1838

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“Nonempirical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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