empirical

empirical (em-pir´i-kal)

1. Founded on practical experience, rather than on reasoning alone, but not proved scientifically, in contrast to rational (1) . 2. Relating to an empiric (2). 3. Based on careful observational testing of a hypothesis; rational.empiric (1); [G. empeirikos; fr. empeiria, experience, fr. en, in, + peira, a trial]

 

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