ex·​pe·​ri·​en·​tial | \ ik-ˌspir-ē-ˈen(t)-shəl How to pronounce experiential (audio) \

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 How to pronounce experientially (audio) \ 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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However, a new study suggests that this experiential-purchase advantage may be a bourgeois indulgence. Kevin Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Judges vs. climate change," 1 June 2018 The home is a space for real lives, after all, not the stage for an experiential drama playing out for all to see. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop With the Open Floor Plans," 28 Feb. 2019 In addition to a resplendent showcase of jewelry pieces and a musical performance by Jackson and His Computerband, guests were fully immersed in the cosmos via a brilliant experiential dinner. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "Cartier Launches a New Jewelry Collection With an Out of This World Dinner Party," 25 Jan. 2019 That experiential component is easier to shape in the context of exhibitions, via light and scent and interiors. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Only 500 of This Artist’s Space Kit Candle Are Up for Grabs—And They’re Totally Worth the Hype," 30 Nov. 2018 Enter Cloud 9 Living, the country’s biggest experiential gift company that can help you make that happen for your loved one. Annie Daly, SELF, "7 Wellness Experiences That Are Excellent Last-Minute Gift Ideas," 21 Dec. 2018 According to a 2017 study of social class and purchase satisfaction, those in lower socioeconomic classes gain more happiness from material purchases than experiential purchases. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Black Friday, explained by 4 social media “hot takes”," 23 Nov. 2018 Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY.Photos: Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY(2) While Ms. Bassett’s analysis in the excellent exhibition catalog is scholarly, her approach in the rooms of Olana takes a more experiential form. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana’ Review: A Painter’s Souvenir Closet," 2 July 2018 In a perfect Venn diagram of a marketing stunt, the coffee-slash-donut chain has zeroed in on the cultural zeitgeist of experiential marketing and paired it with the insatiable hunger for all things tiny homes. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can now stay in a tiny house powered by coffee," 24 Oct. 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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