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Pronunciation:  em'piri`sizum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience

EMPIRICISM is a 10 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: empiricist philosophy, sensationalism
 See Also: experimentalism, logical positivism, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, positivism



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Em*pir"i*cism\, n.
1. The method or practice of an empiric; pursuit of knowledge
   by observation and experiment.

2. Specifically, a practice of medicine founded on mere
   experience, without the aid of science or a knowledge of
   principles; ignorant and unscientific practice;
   charlatanry; quackery.

3. (Metaph.) The philosophical theory which attributes the
   origin of all our knowledge to experience.

 Definition: reliance on observable and quantifiable data.
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