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empiricism - 6 dictionary results

em⋅pir⋅i⋅cism

[em-pir-uh-siz-uhm]
–noun
1. empirical method or practice.
2. Philosophy. the doctrine that all knowledge is derived from sense experience. Compare rationalism (def. 2).
3. undue reliance upon experience, as in medicine; quackery.
4. an empirical conclusion.

Origin:
1650–60; empiric + -ism
em·pir·i·cism     (ěm-pîr'ĭ-sĭz'əm)  Pronunciation Key 
n.  
  1. The view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge.
    1. Employment of empirical methods, as in science.
    2. An empirical conclusion.
  2. The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.
em·pir'i·cist n.
empiricism

noun
1. (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience 
2. the application of empirical methods in any art or science 
3. medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings [syn: quackery

empiricism em·pir·i·cism (ěm-pēr'ĭ-sĭz'əm)
n.

  1. Employment of empirical methods, as in science.
  2. The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.

em·pir'i·cist n.


Main Entry: em·pir·i·cism
Pronunciation: im-'pir-&-"siz-&m;, em-
Function: noun
1 a : a former school of medical practicebased on the teachings of the empirics b : QUACKERY
2 : the practice of relying onobservation and experiment especially in the natural sciences

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.

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