WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
an•ec•do•tal  (anik dōt′l, an′ik dōtl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. pertaining to, resembling, or containing anecdotes:an anecdotal history of jazz.
  2. 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).
  3. based on personal observation, case study reports, or random investigations rather than systematic scientific evaluation:anecdotal evidence.
an′ec•dotal•ism, n. 
an′ec•dotal•ly, adv. 
  • anecdote + -al1 1830–40


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anecdotal /ˌænɛkˈdəʊtəl/ adj
  1. containing or consisting exclusively of anecdotes rather than connected discourse or research conducted under controlled conditions



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