Definition of empirism in English:

empirism

noun

  • Empiricism. Now sometimes specifically: (Psychology and Linguistics) the theory that certain capacities or abilities are not innate, but are acquired by learning.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Alexander Leighton (c1570–1649), religious controversialist. From ancient Greek ἔμπειρος experienced, practised + -ism.

Pronunciation

empirism

/ˈɛmpɪrɪz(ə)m/