Empirical vs Reflective - What's the difference?

empirical | reflective |

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
  • The village carpenter lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship.
  • 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.
  • Synonyms

    * empiric


    * nonempirical

    Coordinate terms

    * conceptual * theoretical * anecdotal

    Derived terms

    * empirically

    See also

    * anecdotal evidence * trial and error




    (en adjective)
  • Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.
  • Mirrors are reflective .
  • Thinking back on the past.
  • He always becomes reflective in preparation for the new year.
  • (computing, programming) Involving reflection.
  • Derived terms

    * unreflective

    Coordinate terms

    * refractive