V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: based on observation, experience, or experimentation (rather than on theory or speculation)

Synonyms: experimental, observable, experiential, practical

Antonyms: theoretical

Tips: An alternate form of empirical is empiric. Scientifically based research is empirical, and provides the basis for solid, fact-based empirical evidence. The adjective empirical almost always refers to evidence or studies whereby something is observed or experienced, and because of this, it is more verifiable and more likely to be true, versus something theoretical that has not been proven.

Usage Examples:

I tend to put less trust in theories than in empirical evidence. (experimental, experiential, observable)

What we know about the condition has come from empirical research. (practical, experimental)

People are generally more prone to listen to advice based on empirical evidence. (observable, practical)

She tried to prove her theory with empirical research, but her experiments failed. (experimental, practical, observable)

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