(?; 277), n. [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.
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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.
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Among the Greek physicians, those who founded their practice on experience called themselves empirics.
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Swallow down opinions as silly people do empirics' pills.





(?), } a. 1. Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments.
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In philosophical language, the term empirical means simply what belongs to or is the product of experience or observation.
Sir W. Hamilton.
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The village carpenter . . . lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship.
H. Spencer.
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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.
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Empirical formula. (Chem.) See under Formula.

Syn. -- See Transcendental.
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