ex·pe·ri·en·tial | \ik-ˌspir-ē-ˈen(t)-shəl \

Definition of experiential 

: relating to, derived from, or providing experience : empirical experiential knowledge experiential lessons

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experientially \ik-ˌspir-ē-ˈen(t)-sh(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of experiential in a Sentence

possesses the kind of experiential knowledge that is gained only from a long and eventful life

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Skin care comes in many highly experiential formats these days—from color-morphing creams to bubbling masks. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Why “Dry” Skin-Care Formulas Are the Best July 4th Travel Beauty Trick," 27 June 2018 Generally what the groups shared was a desire for a more intense, more experiential faith. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "The story behind potential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s little-known Catholic group, People of Praise," 6 July 2018 Today, millennials aren't interested in spending hours on the fairway, and are opting for more experiential experiences like the point-scoring skill games offered at TopGolf. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Going out of business, golf courses become prime redevelopment targets," 5 July 2018 Whether for album artwork, press photos, experiential activations, graphic design, social postings, live production or nearly anything else across the spaces of music and branding, visual artists were consistently in demand. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Spotlight: IAMSOUND CEO Niki Roberton on Building a Home for Creative Directors Who Work With Haim, Tinashe, SOPHIE & More," 15 June 2018 Tanki hints that these events will provide a blueprint as CMT moves more into the experiential space beyond Nashville starting next year. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "CMT Expands Nashville Footprint With Summer of Music Festival," 4 June 2018 To keep things purely experiential, Coach is not offering any goods for sale. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Styling a Sense of Self," 6 June 2018 The company has been working on this research since 1956, breaking speed records with the X-15 and moving on to other experiential planes like the X-43 and X-51. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Boeing's Hypersonic Passenger Plane Concept Works," 26 June 2018 Our other goal is to build the ultimate retail experiential pop-up in the beauty market. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kim Kardashian West to Headline Beautycon L.A.," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of experiential

1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for experiential

borrowed from New Latin experientiālis, from Latin experientia experience entry 1 + -ālis -al entry 1

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