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The agency's controversial decision was not based on any "empirical" evidence. The word "empirical" most nearly means ____.

A observational
"Empirical" means verifiable by observation, experiment, or experience. "Theoretical" concerned theory of a subject of study rather than its practical application. "Irrefutable" means impossible to deny or disprove. "Questionable" means doubtful as regards truth or quality.
B theoretical
C irrefutable
D questionable