Antonyms of adj empirical

1 of 2 senses of empirical

Sense 1
empirical (vs. theoretical), empiric -- (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")

theoretical (vs. empirical), theoretic -- (concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science")
        => abstractive -- (of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstracting; "abstractive analysis")
        => a priori -- (based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment)
        => conjectural, divinatory, hypothetical, hypothetic, supposed, suppositional, suppositious, supposititious -- (based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence; "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural"; "the supposed reason for his absence"; "suppositious reconstructions of dead languages"; "hypothetical situation")
        => notional, speculative -- (not based on fact or investigation; "a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs"; "speculative knowledge")
        => metaphysical -- (highly abstract and overly theoretical; "metaphysical reasoning")
        => theory-based -- (based in theory rather than experiment; "theory-based arguments and positions")

Similarity of adj empirical

2 senses of empirical

Sense 1
empirical (vs. theoretical), empiric -- (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")
       => a posteriori -- (requiring evidence for validation or support)
       => confirmable, verifiable, falsifiable -- (capable of being tested (verified or falsified) by experiment or observation)
       => experiential, existential -- (derived from experience or the experience of existence; "the rich experiential content of the teachings of the older philosophers"- Benjamin Farrington; "formal logicians are not concerned with existential matters"- John Dewey)
       => experimental, data-based, observational -- (relying on observation or experiment; "experimental results that supported the hypothesis")
       => experimental -- (of the nature of or undergoing an experiment; "an experimental drug")
       => semiempirical -- (relying to some extent on observation or experiment)
       => trial-and-error -- (trying out various means or theories until error is satisfactorily reduced or eliminated; "he argued that all learning is a trial-and-error process that resembles biological evolution")

Sense 2
empiric, empirical -- (relying on medical quackery; "empiric treatment")

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