controlled experiment

noun

plural controlled experiments
: an experiment in which all the variable factors in an experimental group and a comparison control group are kept the same except for one variable factor in the experimental group that is changed or altered
… few controlled experiments have been formally conducted by an impartial organization to prove or disprove the claims.Noel Vietmeyer
In the next few years, non-university researchers will run controlled experiments with the fungi on mosquitoes in Africa and locusts in China.Carrie Wells
… Bat Conservation International conducted a controlled experiment in which some of the turbines were temporarily shut down during specific wind conditions.Kirk Swauger
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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of controlled experiment was in 1893

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“Controlled experiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/controlled%20experiment. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

controlled experiment

noun
: an experiment in which all the variables in a control group and an experimental group are the same except for one
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