anecdotal anecdotal  /ˌæ nək ˈdoʊ təl/


  1. (adj) having the character of an anecdote
  2. (adj) characterized by or given to telling anecdotes



  1. The anti-vaxxers yell loud and long, but their evidence is anecdotal and doesn't hold up to scrutiny.
  2. There is too much anecdotal evidence to permit real doubt.
  3. Stack up enough anecdotal maybes, and they start to look like a scientific definitely.


  1. Iran clamps lid on election

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian authorities reported heavy turnout in presidential voting Friday, extending polling hours three times to accommodate what appeared to be a late surge of interest. Anecdotal evidence suggested that Tehran's mayor and a moderate cleric were garnering the strongest support, outdistancing their four conservative rivals.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  2. Integrating the Enterprise's Old and New Worlds

    With nearly every market forecast and growing anecdotal evidence pointing to escalating demand for cloud-based alternatives to traditional on-premises systems and software, the challenges of integrating the new on-demand solutions to existing applications and data sources are becoming even more critical. Data integration continues to be a pivotal part of successful "as a Service" adoption.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: E-Commerce Times

  3. Study: Parts of Western U.S. Beginning to Experience 'Dust Bowl-Like Conditions'

    Anecdotal evidence suggests an uptick in dust storms in the Western United States.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: US News & World Report


  1. "When decision makers do no have reliable data, we must rely on anecdotal evidence," said Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind. "While these may help inform us, it does not help us to develop strategies to diminish the risk and prevent incidents of...
    on Dec 12, 2007 By: Steve Buyer Source: Guardian Unlimited

  2. "No one would deny that signs of progress are tentative at this point, that they are almost anecdotal," US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told reporters. "I hope that by the end of year, we will be able to demonstrate that we are making...
    on Jun 11, 2010 By: Robert Gates Source: Vancouver Sun

  3. "Injuries are becoming an increasing concern within the game at large," said Andrew......We can't continue with this level of injury. "The anecdotal view from players and coaches in the Premiership is that the increased collisions because of...
    on Nov 26, 2009 By: Rob Andrew Source: AFP

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