[ ik-sper-uh-men-tl-iz-uh m ]
/ ɪkˌspɛr əˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm /


doctrine or practice of relying on experimentation; empiricism.
fondness for experimenting or innovating: The psychologists' children were raised in an atmosphere of vigorous experimentalism.

Origin of experimentalism

First recorded in 1825–35; experimental + -ism

Related forms

ex·per·i·men·tal·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for experimentalism

  • With experimentalism inevitably came the recognition of hypotheses in observing, collecting, and comparing facts.

  • Our passion for experimentalism is dictated by the firm object of using the knowledge we acquire.

    Michael|E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for experimentalism


/ (ɪkˌspɛrɪˈmɛntəˌlɪzəm) /


employment of or reliance upon experiments; empiricism

Derived Forms

experimentalist, noun
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