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He appears to prefer the empiric method in love as in philosophy.

Cherokee medicine is an empiric development of the fetich idea.

No institutions or principles are spared its empiric handling.

He was by no means an empiric, as some were whom Charles II.

He re-told the insult put upon himself in the epithet of empiric.

Formerly farming was looked upon as a profession easily understood, and successfully pursued only by an empiric.

I shall be at your service, madam, when that empiric has given the patient up.

I was resuscitated by the empiric with cold, and recovered by the theorist with heat.

As to Doleman, the poor man goes on trying and hoping with his empiric.

But I could not conform to the principle of empiric philosophy.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, from Latin empiricus "a physician guided by experience," from Greek empeirikos "experienced," from empeiria "experience," from empeiros "skilled," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + peira "trial, experiment," from PIE *per- "to try, risk." 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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