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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Empiricism  \Em*pir"i*cism\,  n. 
  1.  The  method  or  practice  of  an  empiric;  pursuit  of  knowledge 
  by  observation  and  experiment. 
 
  2.  Specifically,  a  practice  of  medicine  founded  on  mere 
  experience,  without  the  aid  of  science  or  a  knowledge  of 
  principles;  ignorant  and  unscientific  practice; 
  charlatanry;  quackery. 
 
  3.  (Metaph.)  The  philosophical  theory  which  attributes  the 
  origin  of  all  our  knowledge  to  experience. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  empiricism 
  n  :  the  doctrine  that  knowledge  derives  from  experience  [syn:  {empiricist 
  philosophy},  {sensationalism}] 




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