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empiric


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Empiric  \Em*pir"ic\  (?;  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  Among  the  Greek  physicians,  those  who  founded  their 
  practice  on  experience  called  themselves  empirics. 
  --Krauth-Fleming. 
 
  Swallow  down  opinions  as  silly  people  do  empirics' 
  pills.  --Locke. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Empiric  \Em*pir"ic\,  Empirical  \Em*pir"ic*al\,  a. 
  1.  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  {Empirical  formula}.  (Chem.)  See  under  {Formula}. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Transcendental}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  empiric 
  adj  :  (archaic)  relying  on  medical  quackery;  "empiric  treatment" 




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