Experimental



[ik-sper-uh-men-tl] /ɪkˌspɛr əˈmɛn tl/

adjective
1.
pertaining to, derived from, or founded on :
an experimental science.
2.
of the nature of an ; tentative:
The new program is still in an experimental stage.
3.
functioning as an or used for :
an experimental airplane.
4.
based on or derived from ; empirical:
experimental knowledge.
noun
5.
something that is experimental.
/ɪkˌspɛrɪˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
relating to, based on, or having the nature of experiment: an experimental study
2.
based on or derived from experience; empirical: experimental evidence
3.
tending to experiment: an experimental artist
4.
tentative or provisional: an experimental rule in football
adj.

mid 15c., “having experience,” from experiment (n.) + -al (1). Meaning “based on experience” is from 1560s. Meaning “for the sake of experiment” is from 1792 (e.g. Experimental farm).

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