- containing or consisting exclusively of anecdotes rather than connected discourse or research conducted under controlled conditions
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- pertaining to, resembling, or containing anecdotes:an anecdotal history of jazz.
- Fine Art(of the treatment of subject matter in representational art) pertaining to the relationship of figures or to the arrangement of elements in a scene so as to emphasize the story content of a subject. Cf. narrative (def. 6).
- based on personal observation, case study reports, or random investigations rather than systematic scientific evaluation:anecdotal evidence.
- anecdote + -al1 1830–40