- a person who relies solely on practical experience rather than on scientific principles
- Archaic a charlatan; quack
Origin of empiricClassical Latin empiricus ; from Classical Greek empeirikos, experienced ; from empeiria, experience ; from en-, in + peira, a trial, experiment: see fare
- One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.
- An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.
Origin of empiricLatin emp&imacron;ricus, from Greek empeirikos, experienced, from empeiros, skilled : en-, in; see en–2 + peiran, to try (from peira, try, attempt; see per-3 in Indo-European roots).
From Old French empirique, from Latin empiricus, from Ancient Greek ἐμπειρικός (empeirikos, “experienced”), from ἐμπειρία (empeiria, “experience, mere experience or practice without knowledge, especially in medicine, empiricism”), from ἔμπειρος (empeiros, “experienced or practised in”), from ἐν (en, “in”) + πεῖρα (peira, “a trial, experiment, attempt”).