empirical evidence

(noun) Data gained through observation or experimentation.

Example: Ethnographic observations of a social scene.

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Usage Notes:

  • Empirical evidence is discovered through empirical research.
  • Also called:
    • empirical data
    • empirical knowledge
    • sense experience
  • Empirical evidence used in a sentence: We collected empirical evidence to use in our statistics class.

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How to Cite the Definition of Empirical Evidence

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “empirical evidence.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/empirical-evidence/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

empirical evidence. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/empirical-evidence/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “empirical evidence.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/empirical-evidence/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“empirical evidence.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/empirical-evidence/>.