ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal·​ism ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce experimentalism (audio)
 also  -ˌspir-
: reliance on or advocacy of experimental or empirical principles and procedures
specifically : instrumentalism

Examples of experimentalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything from Mexican pop to European experimentalism was strained, boiled, compressed and stretched into addictive instrumental taffy. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 Barron isn’t usually associated with free improv and directions explored by jazz’s 1960s avant-garde, but he’s got roots in experimentalism too. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, 30 Jan. 2024 In this, both composers were out of step with the high-modernist experimentalism that held sway in Europe and the U.S. John Adams, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 This arresting short feature, which mixes elements of film diary, experimentalism, reportage and archival assembly, stretches the documentary form in ways that are personal without being self-indulgent. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 Eventually, the experimentalism collapses into a straightforward pop song. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2023 At its worst, the music on Everyone’s Crushed sounds like etudes – studies in experimentalism, finger exercises for tyros in the avant-garde. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2023 Now his experimentalism and transnationalism aren’t discouragements but invitations to a larger global audience. Adam Bradley Tajh Rust, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2023 April 28, 2023 Mark Stewart, the incendiary frontman of the British post-punk band the Pop Group, whose explosive mix of funk, noise rock, free jazz experimentalism and anti-authoritarian rage made a mockery of the group’s sunny name, died on April 21. Alex Williams, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2023

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Word History


experimental + -ism

First Known Use

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of experimentalism was circa 1834

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“Experimentalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/experimentalism. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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