1. pertaining to, resembling, or containing anecdotes: an anecdotal history of jazz.
  2. (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.Compare narrative(def 7).
  3. based on personal observation, case study reports, or random investigations rather than systematic scientific evaluation: anecdotal evidence.


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

1794, from anecdote + -al (1). Related: Anecdotally. Anecdotical is attested from 1744.

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