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Daemon
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empirical

(adjective) Relying on or derived from observation or experiment.

Synonyms: objective

Usage: Scientists insist on empirical results, not mere speculation, to support their theories.
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Standing by the tree of which the fruity boughs glowed in our moonlit garden ... T'was but a shallow trickle that I showed of my deep heart's empirical love.






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The Epicureans, on the other hand, were empirical pessimists.
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c. 1600, empirical, from Latin empiricus (n.) "a physician guided by experience," from Greek empeirikos "experienced," from empeiria "experience; mere experience or practice without knowledge," especially in medicine, from empeiros "experienced (in a thing), proven by use," from assimilated form of en "in" (see en- (2)) + peira "trial, experiment," from PIE *per- (3) "to try, risk" (see fear (n.)). Originally a school of ancient physicians who based their practice on experience rather than theory. Earlier as a noun (1540s) in reference to the sect, and earliest (1520s) in a sense "quack doctor" which was in frequent use 16c.-19c.
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Example sentence for empirical:

Scientific knowledge accumulates through empirical observations of the world around us.
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it's tough to be objective today because of the media overload
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If knowledge is empirical, it's based on observation rather than theory. To do an empirical study of donut shops, you'll need to visit every one you can find.

Empirical looks like empire comes from a completely different origin: it is from the Greek empeirikos, meaning experienced. It was originally used in medicine for doctors making choices based on observation and experiment rather than theoretical ideas. It's now used for any kind of knowledge that comes from experience. Meditate all day on the origins of donuts, but until you visit the donut bakery you'll lack empirical knowledge of donut creation.

http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/empirical
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I like the donut theory, let`s visit a donut bakery and become empirical munchers!
Tim Baugh
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Are we saying that 'objective' is a synonym of 'empirical'? I'm not entirely comfortable with that. It would make the sentence, 'Let's ensure that our empirical observations are assessed from an objective standpoint', problematic in a way which I don't think it is. 'Empirical' has to do primarily with experience, I don't think that there's any a priori reason for stating that empirical observations are by their nature objective. 'Objective' can be said to be about shared assessments of experience. Though 'objective' is a difficult word to get universal argreement about ... ironically.
In a nutshell, 'empirical' observations are observations which are based in experience; objectivity is an issue of another order, is it not?
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EMPIRICAL.- ADJS. experimental, test, trial; testing, proving, trying,; probative, probationary; docimastic; speculative, tentative, provisional; trial-and-error. Most discoveries were based on empirical systems .
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