I. adjective 1. (of an account) not necessarily true or reliable, because based on personal accounts rather than facts or research • while there was much anecdotal evidence there was little hard fact.
2. characterized by or fond of telling anecdotes • her book is anecdotal and chatty.
3. (of a painting) depicting small narrative incidents. • nineteenth century French anecdotal paintings.
II. derivatives 1. anecdotalist noun
2. anecdotally adverb