Definition of empirically in US English:

empirically

adverb

  • By means of observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic.

    ‘empirically tested methods’
    ‘only what was empirically verifiable could be accepted as true’
    sentence adverb ‘empirically, the theory has a number of weaknesses’
    • ‘Second, productivity calculations measure inputs and outputs in ways that are conceptually and empirically problematic.’
    • ‘But let me say loud and clear that this idea is theoretical and to my knowledge has not been studied empirically.’
    • ‘It also recognizes an exterior dimension, which can be quantified objectively and measured empirically.’
    • ‘We certainly don't think of relationships as tangible, as empirically demonstrable entities.’
    • ‘We need empirically valid theories of how business operations operate, of how investment decisions are actually made.’
    • ‘Frankly, that makes no sense logically or empirically.’
    • ‘Such an account is not empirically sound, either.’
    • ‘The degree to which contemporary societies are egalitarian is a question that must be researched empirically.’
    • ‘Many of these constants must simply be observed empirically.’
    • ‘Furthermore, empirically speaking, "perfect" guys have one tragic flaw: timing.’

Pronunciation

empirically

/əmˈpiriklē//əmˈpɪrɪkli/