- experimental method; search for knowledge by observation and experiment
- a disregarding of scientific methods and relying solely on experience
- Archaic quackery
- Philos. the theory that sense experience is the only source of knowledge
- The view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge.
- a. Employment of empirical methods, as in science.b. An empirical conclusion.
- The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.
- A pursuit of knowledge purely through experience, especially by means of observation and sometimes by experimentation.
- (philosophy) A doctrine which holds that the only or, at least, the most reliable source of human knowledge is experience, especially perception by means of the physical senses. (Often contrasted with rationalism.)
- (medicine, dated) A practice of medicine founded on mere experience, without the aid of science or a knowledge of principles; ignorant and unscientific practice; the method or practice of an empiric.
from Ancient Greek ἐμπειρία (empeiria, “experience”)