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thought experiment

noun
1.
Physics. a demonstration or calculation that is based on the postulates of a theory, as relativity, and that demonstrates or clarifies the consequences of the postulates.
Also called Gedanken experiment.
Origin of thought experiment
1940-1945
First recorded in 1940-45
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