As adjectives the difference between empirical and reflective
is that empirical
is pertaining to or based on experience while reflective
is something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.
Pertaining to or based on experience.
* H. Spencer
Pertaining to, derived from, or testable by observations made using the physical senses or using instruments which extend the senses.
(philosophy of science) Verifiable by means of scientific experimentation.
- The village carpenter lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship.
* anecdotal evidence
* trial and error
Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.
Thinking back on the past.
- Mirrors are reflective .
(computing, programming) Involving reflection.
- He always becomes reflective in preparation for the new year.