|n.||1.||One who follows an empirical method; one who relies upon practical experience.|
|2.||One who confines himself to applying the results of mere experience or his own observation; especially, in medicine, one who deviates from the rules of science and regular practice; an ignorant and unlicensed pretender; a quack; a charlatan.|
Among the Greek physicians, those who founded their practice on experience called themselves empirics.
|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.
|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; |
|Adj.||1.||empiric - relying on medical quackery; "empiric treatment"|
|2.||empiric - 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"|