Definition of “empiricism” - English Dictionary

“empiricism” in English

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empiricismnoun [ U ]

uk /ɪmˈpɪr.ɪ.sɪ.zəm/ /emˈpɪr.ə.sɪ.zəm/
noun [ C ] uk /ɪmˈpɪr.ɪ.sɪst/ /emˈpɪr.ə.sɪst/

Examples from literature

  • As the result of all this study, research and empiricism, a great mass of alleged facts about physical characteristics has been accumulated. 
  • Empiricism thus gives no real account of the scientific rational order of the world. 
  • I've never tried it on humans: for I've never laid down any basis of knowledge, and I've always detested empiricism. 
  • Is experience to be dismissed as empiricism, with a sneer, because the wider rule is lacking? 
  • It was a conclusion of pure empiricism, and I, too, as you shall see, demonstrated it empirically. 

(Definition of “empiricism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“empiricism” in American English

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empiricismnoun [ U ]


science the belief in using empirical methods

(Definition of “empiricism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)