ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal·​ism | \ ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce experimentalism (audio) also -ˌspir- \

Definition of experimentalism

: reliance on or advocacy of experimental or empirical principles and procedures specifically : instrumentalism

Examples of experimentalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Poco’s music was generally twangier and more populist than that of Buffalo Springfield, a band that had at times gravitated toward experimentalism and obfuscation. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2021 Lewis’s 25-minute track culls energy from techniques of classical experimentalism — as well from brass and wind accents that recall Duke Ellington. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2020 Rooftop at Pier 17, South Street Seaport Janelle Monáe Pop’s major avatar of digital-age experimentalism and sci-fi fantasy, Monáe has gone from Afrofuturist dreamer to Hollywood star, while holding onto her visionary streak. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2019 The rest of the nine-track album pushes to new extremities of silence, slowness, and experimentalism. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2019 While visual arts, dance, and theater tend to be open to experimentalism, classical music is generally less keen on innovation; orchestra repertoires across the world consistently recycle the works of composers who are long dead. Maya Chung, The New York Review of Books, 26 Mar. 2019 The song’s experimentalism is out of this world, but its solar flair is grounded by the earthiness of the instrumentation. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 12 June 2018 As the group records an album, Frank’s experimentalism inspires Jon in new ways, and tensions rise between Jon and his feisty bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Sara Aridi, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2018 As warm weather and weekend one of Coachella kicked off with a sartorial bang, fashion’s favorite faces sported sunny looks offset with a dash of experimentalism. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of experimentalism

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for experimentalism

experimental + -ism

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“Experimentalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/experimentalism. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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