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

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

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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