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 for empirical
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Empiric \Em*pir"ic\, Empirical \Em*pir"ic*al\, a.
     1. Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience;
        depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in
        experiments.
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              In philosophical language, the term empirical means
              simply what belongs to or is the product of
              experience or observation.            --Sir W.
                                                    Hamilton.
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              The village carpenter . . . lays out his work by
              empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship. --H.
                                                    Spencer.
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     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.
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     Empirical formula. (Chem.) See under Formula.
  
     Syn: See Transcendental.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  empirical
      adj 1: derived from experiment and observation rather than
             theory; "an empirical basis for an ethical theory";
             "empirical laws"; "empirical data"; "an empirical
             treatment of a disease about which little is known" [syn:
             empirical, empiric] [ant: theoretic, theoretical]
      2: relying on medical quackery; "empiric treatment" [syn:
         empiric, empirical]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  65 Moby Thesaurus words for "empirical":
     Cyrenaic, Eleatic, Epicurean, Megarian, Stoic, animist, animistic,
     atomistic, cosmotheistic, cut-and-try, eclectic, eudaemonistic,
     existential, experiential, experimental, factual, hedonic,
     hedonist, hedonistic, heuristic, hit-or-miss, humanist, humanistic,
     idealistic, instrumentalist, materialistic, mechanistic,
     metaphysical, monistic, naturalistic, nominalist, observed,
     panlogistical, pantheistic, pilot, positivist, positivistic,
     practical, pragmatic, pragmatist, probationary, probative,
     probatory, proving, provisional, rationalistic, realist, realistic,
     scholastic, sensationalistic, syncretistic, tentative, test,
     testing, theistic, transcendentalist, transcendentalistic, trial,
     trial-and-error, trying, utilitarian, verificatory, vitalistic,
     voluntarist, voluntaristic
  
  

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