ex·​pe·​ri·​en·​tial ik-ˌspir-ē-ˈen(t)-shəl How to pronounce experiential (audio)
: relating to, derived from, or providing experience : empirical
experiential knowledge
experiential lessons
experientially 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of experiential was in 1658

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“Experiential.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/experiential. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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