experimental

adjective
ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal | \ ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈmen-tᵊl also -ˌspir- How to pronounce experimental (audio) \

Definition of experimental

1 : of, relating to, or based on experience or experiment
2a : serving the ends of or used as a means of experimentation an experimental school
b : relating to or having the characteristics of experiment : tentative still in the experimental stage

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Other Words from experimental

experimentally \ ik-​ˌsper-​ə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce experimentally (audio) also  -​ˌspir-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for experimental

Synonyms

developmental, pilot, trial

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Examples of experimental in a Sentence

The fuel is being used on an experimental basis. an experimental procedure for patients suffering from leukemia

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Treating a sweaty vulva Given that this hasn’t been studied a ton, treatment for a sweaty vulva is a little experimental at this point. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do if You’re Extremely Sweaty in the General Vicinity of Your Vagina," 3 Apr. 2019 The Second Violin Concerto, completed in 1952, is more experimental. Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018 Coke’s Japanese business is unusually experimental, trying out 100 new products on average each year. David Meyer, Fortune, "Why Coca-Cola Is Finally Getting Into the Booze Business," 7 Mar. 2018 One thing's for sure: the experimental music nerd uniform has never looked this um, cheeky. Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski’s Wardrobe Malfunction Is Instagram Gold," 1 May 2019 Dozens of people in this outbreak have received one of several experimental Ebola treatments but their effect is yet to be fully studied. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern," 13 Apr. 2019 Put your cooking needs at the center of your kitchen design with an island that provides extra counter space, an additional sink, and plenty of storage—a necessity for any experimental home chef. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 Further payments, which include the potential acquisition of Vivet, are dependent on the progress of the French company’s experimental therapies. ... Denise Roland, WSJ, "Pfizer Adds to Big Pharma’s Gene-Therapy Deal Streak," 20 Mar. 2019 Thomas, now 23, is one of several people with spinal cord injuries who are standing, taking steps and – in her case – walking without assistance, thanks to an experimental combination therapy. Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Paralyzed people are beginning to walk with a new kind of therapy," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of experimental

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for experimental

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin experīmentālis, from Latin experīmentum "testing, experience, proof" + -ālis -al entry 1 — more at experiment entry 1

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The first known use of experimental was in the 15th century

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experimental

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of experimental

: relating to a scientific experiment or to scientific experiments in general
: made or done in order to see how well something works
: using a new way of doing or thinking about something

experimental

adjective
ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal | \ ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce experimental (audio) \

Kids Definition of experimental

: relating to, based on, or used for experiment He's trying an experimental treatment for the disease.

experimental

adjective
ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal | \ ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈment-ᵊl also -ˌspir- How to pronounce experimental (audio) \

Medical Definition of experimental

1 : of, relating to, or based on experience or experiment
2 : founded on or derived from experiment the heart of the experimental method is the direct control of the thing studied— B. F. Skinner
3 of a disease : intentionally produced especially in laboratory animals for the purpose of study experimental diabetes

Other Words from experimental

experimentally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce experimentally (audio) \ adverb

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