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  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]: 
 
  empirical 
  adj  :  derived  from  experiment  and  observation  rather  than  theory; 
  "an  empirical  basis  for  an  ethical  theory";  "empirical 
  laws";  "empirical  data";  "an  empirical  treatment  of  a 
  disease  about  which  little  is  known"  [ant:  {theoretical}] 




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