Definition of anecdotal in English:

anecdotal

adjective

  • 1(of an account) not necessarily true or reliable, because based on personal accounts rather than facts or research.

    ‘while there was much anecdotal evidence there was little hard fact’
    ‘these claims were purely anecdotal’
    • ‘The evidence so far is anecdotal rather than statistical, but the trend can't be denied, he says.’
    • ‘Until recently, documentation of elevated cancer rates in the area was limited to such anecdotal accounts.’
    • ‘Some effect measurements are based on anecdotal evidence.’
    • ‘Wisely, Shakeshaft does not base her conclusions on evidence that comes so close to anecdotal accounts.’
    • ‘Early accounts were mainly anecdotal, reported by clinicians and interpreted mainly as psychodynamic processes occurring during early development.’
    • ‘Nursing literature is full of anecdotal accounts of the distant approach that doctors have towards patients and their carers.’
    • ‘In contrast to this scholarly account, the evocatively-entitled Tin Horns and Calico is a lively account, based on anecdotal information and data from private sources.’
    • ‘It is a fluent and largely anecdotal account, which captures the woman and her work most vividly.’
    • ‘Having regard to both personal experience and anecdotal evidence, I suspect that the answers to these two questions are YES and NO respectively.’
    • ‘Theory is paraded as fact, anecdotal accounts as hard data.’
    • ‘Much of the information and government decisions concerning goldenseal are based on anecdotal rather than quantitative information on population status.’
    • ‘Insights, while not necessarily inaccurate, are frequently based on anecdotal evidence and hence impressionistic.’
    • ‘Reviewers of manuscripts sometimes reject research because it is anecdotal, based on a case study, or founded on too small a sample and therefore not generalizable.’
    • ‘This paper therefore is based mainly on my own thoughtful experience and informal anecdotal research.’
    • ‘Instead of relying on anecdotal accounts, psychologists could provide better information to assist the resolution of such a case.’
    • ‘There is a reliable anecdotal account that, in my opinion, gives a partial answer to the question.’
    • ‘I have my own theories on this, but they are based purely on anecdotal evidence.’
    • ‘His team culled anecdotal accounts on videoconferencing and case studies of various applications of the technology.’
    • ‘To date, the social science literature on New Age phenomena has been dominated by case studies and anecdotal accounts.’
    • ‘Historic accounts of this era give no indication of any negative impact to fish populations and in fact, anecdotal accounts reflect quite the opposite.’
    informal, unreliable, based on hearsay
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    1. 1.1 Characterized by or fond of telling anecdotes.
      ‘her book is anecdotal and chatty’
      • ‘I have quoted part of the petition at length, because its anecdotal and tonal qualities are lost in summary.’
      • ‘Are we in for a pleasant, anecdotal account of Didion's family connections with a pioneering past, you wonder.’
      • ‘The Trade Center attack will not alter the autobiographical, anecdotal, therapeutic poems of the workshops; it will merely add another subject.’
      • ‘The two tropes are geology and archaeology integrated into an anecdotal, memorialising narrative form that demands admiration for its adroitness.’
      • ‘Other exceptional sherpas are given their place in the sun too in a narrative that has no great pretensions to literary skill or scholarship, but is enthusiastic and often wonderfully anecdotal.’
      • ‘Born to Buy would have benefited from more narrative, anecdotal sugar in the form of compelling characters to make the medicine go down.’
      • ‘David Gordon Green and Jamie Bell deliver an amusing and anecdotal commentary, relaying the many misadventures that took place in the production.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, most writings on Katchor emphasize literary and anecdotal content over artistry.’
      • ‘What he writes about York corresponds uncannily with my memory of what actually happened and includes anecdotal material which I have not seen written down anywhere else.’
      • ‘In a witty, anecdotal and at times serious speech, Pierce said he was the eldest male member of a family of eight - seven boys and a girl.’
      • ‘I have tried to introduce personal anecdotal narrative into the book because I became very involved in my investigation into the naturopath.’
      • ‘He elicited and compared details and wrote up his findings almost immediately in a highly readable, anecdotal narrative style.’
      • ‘Many of them are anecdotal and the poem, ‘Making Sambar’ could well have been featured as a ‘middle’ on the editorial page of a newspaper.’
      • ‘Most of the articles have serious points to make, and only J. T. Bonner's amusing essay largely devoted to his social encounters with Haldane is purely anecdotal.’
      • ‘The narrative is tangential and anecdotal, a linear mosaic of small failures and smaller successes, interspersed with laugh out loud one-liners.’
      • ‘As with most actor commentaries, the former is more light and fluffy and anecdotal, while the latter is more technically-oriented.’
      • ‘I suspect that The Edifice Complex is so readable because his scholarly theme, brilliantly researched, is well peppered with anecdotal insights.’
      • ‘In the late, anecdotal tradition he is credited with introducing suspension of judgment.’
      • ‘She previews this approach to war in her short, anecdotal work Paris France, written just before Mrs. Reynolds and Wars I Have Seen.’
      • ‘While anecdotal, the narrative captures what is probably a common experience of those participating in discipline-based PFF programs.’
    2. 1.2[attributive] (of a painting) depicting small narrative incidents.
      ‘nineteenth-century French anecdotal paintings’
      • ‘Over the next 20 years his anecdotal paintings of peasant life, based on a close study of Dutch 17th-century genre painters, were universally admired.’
      • ‘During the 1940s, Haley began writing short anecdotal sketches about the coastguard, some of which he published in Coronet magazine.’
      • ‘The film combines anecdotal minimalism with extremely careful attention to the image and the actors - with a single exception, all non-professional.’
      • ‘The impeccable and perceptive draughtsman Ingres is represented by one of the anecdotal pictures in which he delighted, The Betrothal of Raphael, and the last of his four versions of Oedipus and the Sphinx.’
      • ‘Critics blithely ignorant of its subject matter routinely dismiss western art as purely anecdotal.’
      • ‘From elegant trapeze artists to humorous anecdotal scenes of circus life on a shoestring budget, you can see why Camille is tempted to join Petra and run away with the circus.’
      • ‘Schad's graphic work, often anecdotal and illustrational, is evocative of George Grosz but without the muscle.’
      • ‘It is their freedom from the traditional literary, anecdotal, or moralistic associations of painting that has caused him to be regarded as one of the pioneers of modern art.’
      narrative, full of stories, crammed with incident, packed with incident
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Pronunciation:

anecdotal

/ˌanəkˈdōdl/