semi·​em·​pir·​i·​cal ˌse-mē-im-ˈpir-ə-kəl How to pronounce semiempirical (audio)
: partly empirical
especially : involving assumptions, approximations, or generalizations designed to simplify calculation or to yield a result in accord with observation

Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semiempirical was in 1935

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“Semiempirical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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