Empirical vs. Practical

Empirical vs. Practical — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Empirical and Practical

Empiricaladjective

Relying on or derived from observation or experiment

empirical results that supported the hypothesis.

Practicaladjective

Of, relating to, governed by, or acquired through practice or action, rather than theory or speculation

gained practical experience of sailing as a deck hand.

Empiricaladjective

Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment

empirical laws.

Practicaladjective

Manifested in or involving practice

practical applications of calculus.

Empiricaladjective

Guided by practical experience and not theory, especially in medicine.

Practicaladjective

Capable of or suitable to being used or put into effect; useful

practical knowledge of Japanese. See Usage Note at practicable.

Empiricaladjective

Pertaining to or based on experience.

Practicaladjective

Concerned with the production or operation of something useful

Woodworking is a practical art.

Empiricaladjective

Pertaining to, derived from, or testable by observations made using the physical senses or using instruments which extend the senses.

Practicaladjective

Having or showing good judgment; sensible

If we're practical, we can do the job quickly.

Empiricaladjective

(philosophy of science) Verifiable by means of scientific experimentation.

Practicaladjective

Being actually so in almost every respect; virtual

The snowstorm was a practical disaster.

Empiricaladjective

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory;

an empirical basis for an ethical theoryempirical lawsempirical dataan empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known

Practicalnoun

(British) A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability

Empiricaladjective

relying on medical quackery;

empiric treatment

Practicaladjective

Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis

Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.

Practicaladjective

Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use

Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts.

Practicaladjective

Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical

All in all, Jack's a very practical chap.

Practicaladjective

concerned with actual use or practice;

he is a very practical personthe idea had no practical applicationa practical knowledge of Japanesewoodworking is a practical art

Practicaladjective

guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory;

a hardheaded appraisal of our positiona hard-nosed labor leadercompletely practical in his approach to businessnot ideology but pragmatic politics

Practicaladjective

being actually such in almost every respect;

a practical failurethe once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin

Practicaladjective

having or put to a practical purpose or use;

practical mathematicspractical applications of calculus