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


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.


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.

© Webster 1913.