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.

empirical

English

Adjective

(-)
  • 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

    Antonyms

    * nonempirical

    Coordinate terms

    * conceptual * theoretical * anecdotal

    Derived terms

    * empirically

    See also

    * anecdotal evidence * trial and error

    reflective

    English

    Adjective

    (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