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empirical

adjective uk   /ɪmˈpɪr.ɪ.kəl/ us  
C2 based on what is experienced or seen rather than on theory: This theory needs to be backed up with solid empirical data/evidence. Empirical studies show that some forms of alternative medicine are extremely effective.
empirically
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
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