Em*pir"i*cism (?), n.


The method or practice of an empiric; pursuit of knowledge by observation and experiment.


Specifically, a practice of medicine founded on mere experience, without the aid of science or a knowledge of principles; ignorant and unscientific practice; charlatanry; quackery.

3. Metaph.

The philosophical theory which attributes the origin of all our knowledge to experience.


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