Definition of empirical :
1. 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.
2. Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments.
existential, empiric, objective, checkable, provable, observational, confirmable, practical, a posteriori, data-based, observed, falsifiable, trial and error, pilot, anatomize, supportable, dissect, verifiable, detection, animal rights, model, detect, semiempirical, control, sustainable, chromatography, experiential, demonstrable, double-blind, biopiracy
experimental (part of speech: adjective)
- I refuse to accept the antiquated conception of an empirical medicine which does not aim at discovering the truth; which thinks solely of clumsy practical application; and which regards as useful only that which leads immediately and directly to the cure of a given illness. - "The Pros and Cons of Vivisection", Charles Richet Commentator: W. D. Halliburton.
- This empirical fact can, therefore, be interpreted in terms of our construction. - "Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy", Bertrand Russell.
- Many practical explorers are shrewd observers of empirical facts, even though their explanations may show a lack of comprehension of the processes involved. - "The Economic Aspect of Geology", C. K. Leith.