(noun, adjective)


1. relying on medical quackery

- empiric treatment

Similar word(s): empirical

2. derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

- an empirical basis for an ethical theory

- empirical laws

- empirical data

Similar word(s): confirmable, falsifiable, verifiable, existential, experiential, experimental, observational, semiempirical, empirical


1. A member of a sect of ancient physicians who based their theories solely on experience.

2. Someone who is guided by empiricism; an empiricist.

3. Any unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan; a quack.