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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. (Sir W. Hamilton) The village carpenter . . . Lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship. (H. Spencer)
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; as, empiric skill, remedies. Empirical formula.
(Science: chemistry) see formula.
Synonym: see Transcendental.

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