Meaning of empiricism


Pronunciation: (em-pir'u-siz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. empirical method or practice.
  2. the doctrine that all knowledge is derived from sense experience. Cf. rationalism (def. 2).
  3. undue reliance upon experience, as in medicine; quackery.
  4. an empirical conclusion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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