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  • Based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic.

    ‘they provided considerable empirical evidence to support their argument’
    • ‘The question of whether science causes harm might seem to be an empirical rather than a philosophical one.’
    • ‘The work has a strong empirical base, but it is firmly governed by theory.’
    • ‘These judgments, when known, constitute knowledge that is based on nothing empirical.’
    • ‘Thus for Popper the logic of science is exclusively the deductive logic of empirical refutation.’
    • ‘Views like this smack more of a priori epistemological ideals than of empirical findings.’
    • ‘Over the course of her term, she emphasised the need for WHO to base its work on empirical evidence.’
    • ‘I think it is too much a matter of perception, rather than there being empirical evidence.’
    • ‘She rightly saw that there was nothing in the empirical evidence that required her to say that.’
    • ‘The fitting of empirical curves to experimental data is one aspect of data-based modelling.’
    • ‘Kant repeatedly emphasizes that the theory is not to be construed as empirical psychology.’
    • ‘Because natural science can offer empirical proof for its hypotheses, it can verify its claims.’
    • ‘The only way that you can have confidence in it is to have some empirical experience yourself.’
    • ‘These are empirical questions rather than theoretical ones, and the issues seem mundane.’
    • ‘Much of its research, then, was of a sociological nature, and thus had a certain empirical base.’
    • ‘Viewed dispassionately, the empirical evidence does not support such a position.’
    • ‘There is strong empirical evidence to support the case for vertical integration.’
    • ‘You can't apply probabilistic methods to a phenomenon where there is no empirical evidence.’
    • ‘What, then, may we say of the role of empirical studies in the domain of ethical research?’
    • ‘Admittedly, whether this is correct is an empirical question, and we cannot claim to know the answer.’
    • ‘Just such propositions take us beyond the limits of empirical particularity.’
    observed, seen, factual, actual, real, verifiable, first-hand
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