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adjective ex·per·i·men·tal \ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈmen-təl also -ˌspir-\

Definition of experimental

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or based on experience or experiment

  2. 2a :  serving the ends of or used as a means of experimentation an experimental schoolb :  relating to or having the characteristics of experiment :  tentative still in the experimental stage

experimentally

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Examples of experimental in a Sentence

  1. The fuel is being used on an experimental basis.

  2. an experimental procedure for patients suffering from leukemia

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First Known Use of experimental

15th century


EXPERIMENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of experimental for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

experimental

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adjective ex·per·i·men·tal \ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈmen-təl\

Definition of experimental for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

experimental

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adjective ex·per·i·men·tal \ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈment-əl also -ˌspir-\

Medical Definition of experimental

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or based on experience or experiment

  2. 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. 3of a disease :  intentionally produced especially in laboratory animals for the purpose of study experimental diabetes

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