gedankenexperiment

noun
ge·​dank·​en·​ex·​per·​i·​ment | \gə-ˈdäŋ-kən-ik-ˌsper-ə-mənt also -ˌspir- \

Definition of gedankenexperiment 

: an experiment carried out in thought only

First Known Use of gedankenexperiment

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gedankenexperiment

German, from Gedanke thought + Experiment experiment

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