a. Relying on or derived from observation or experiment: empirical results that supported the hypothesis.
b. Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment: empirical laws.
2. Guided by practical experience and not theory, especially in medicine.
a. (of knowledge) derived from experience rather than by logic from first principles
b. (of a proposition) subject, at least theoretically, to verification
empirically | adv.
empiricalness | n