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gedankenexperiment

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noun ge·dank·en·ex·per·i·ment \gə-ˈdäŋ-kən-ik-ˌsper-ə-mənt also -ˌspir-\

Definition of gedankenexperiment

  1. :  an experiment carried out in thought only



Origin of gedankenexperiment

German, from Gedanke thought + Experiment experiment


First Known Use: 1941


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