Word of the Day: Empirical
Empirical is an adjective that describes a study or technique that relies upon observation and physical evidence as opposed to theory. It comes from Latin empiricus, “a physician guided by experience.”
“Empirical evidence” is a source of knowledge resulting from observation or experimentation. The most common use of empirical in writing for the general reader is in the expressions “empirical evidence” and “empirical study.”
But the real problem, clearly, is that our nation’s scientists are so focused on other pursuits that they haven’t yet created a hybrid super-hitter. So we provided this blueprint. All the components below were chosen based on stats, reputations and untrained empirical observations. (USA Today)
The databases described below are good choices for finding empirical studies in the social sciences. (University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College library site.)
It is essential that students understand that acceptance of beliefs in science, unlike in religion, is based upon reliable empirical evidence and sound arguments. (Cooper R. A., 2001; The Goal of Evolution Instruction)
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