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What does "empirical" mean? Does it have the same meaning as "decisive" or "significant"?


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"Empirical" means that something, a statement or idea, is based on something that has been experienced or that can be seen. It is not simply a theory. It is not the same as "decisive" which is more about how the information will be used, or "significant", which about how quantity. Ex: We have no empirical evidence that the business is in trouble, so there is no need to worry. Ex: My experiment provided a lot of empirical data.

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