Definition of experimental adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˌsperɪˈmentl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˌsperɪˈmentl//
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  1. 1based on new ideas, forms or methods that are used to find out what effect they have experimental teaching methods experimental theatre/art/music The equipment is still at the experimental stage. Doctors stress that this kind of treatment is still experimental.
  2. 2connected with scientific experiments experimental conditions/data/evidence
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘having personal experience’, also ‘experienced, observed’): from medieval Latin experimentalis, from Latin experimentum, from experiri ‘try’.Extra examples These techniques are still highly experimental. Actors and audience worked together to create three pieces of experimental theatre. The school’s experimental teaching methods include letting the children decide what to study. experimental conditions/​methods/​data experimental physics
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