[ ik-sper-uh-men-tl ]
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  1. pertaining to, derived from, or founded on experiment: an experimental science.

  2. of the nature of an experiment; tentative: The new program is still in an experimental stage.

  1. functioning as an experiment or used for experimentation: an experimental airplane.

  2. based on or derived from experience; empirical: experimental knowledge.

  1. something that is experimental.

Origin of experimental

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word experīmentālis.See experiment, -al1

Other words from experimental

  • ex·per·i·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • non·ex·per·i·men·tal, adjective
  • non·ex·per·i·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • post·ex·per·i·men·tal, adjective
  • pre·ex·per·i·men·tal, adjective
  • pseu·do·ex·per·i·men·tal, adjective
  • pseu·do·ex·per·i·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-ex·per·i·men·tal, adjective
  • qua·si-ex·per·i·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·ex·per·i·men·tal, adjective
  • sem·i·ex·per·i·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • un·ex·per·i·men·tal, adjective
  • un·ex·per·i·men·tal·ly, adverb

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How to use experimental in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for experimental


/ (ɪkˌspɛrɪˈmɛntəl) /

  1. relating to, based on, or having the nature of experiment: an experimental study

  2. based on or derived from experience; empirical: experimental evidence

  1. tending to experiment: an experimental artist

  2. tentative or provisional: an experimental rule in football

Derived forms of experimental

  • experimentally, adverb

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