Em*pir"ic [L. empiricus an empiric, Gr. experienced, equiv. to ; in + a trial, experiment; akin to ford, way, and E. fare: cf. F. empirique. See In, and Fare.]

1.

One who follows an empirical method; one who relies upon practical experience.

2.

One who confines himself to applying the results of mere experience or his own observation; especially, in medicine, one who deviates from the rules of science and regular practice; an ignorant and unlicensed pretender; a quack; a charlatan.

Among the Greek physicians, those who founded their practice on experience called themselves empirics. Krauth-Fleming.

Swallow down opinions as silly people do empirics' pills. Locke.

 

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Em*pir"ic (?), Em*pir"ic*al (?), a.

1.

Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments.

In philosophical language, the term empirical means simply what belongs to or is the product of experience or observation. Sir W. Hamilton.

The village carpenter . . . lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship. H. Spencer.

2.

Depending upon experience or observation alone, without due regard to science and theory; -- said especially of medical practice, remedies, etc.; wanting in science and deep insight; as, empiric skill, remedies.

Empirical formula. Chem. See under Formula.

Syn. -- See Transcendental.

 

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