[ik-sper-uh-men-tl-iz-uh m]
  1. doctrine or practice of relying on experimentation; empiricism.
  2. 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 formsex·per·i·men·tal·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for experimentalism

Historical Examples of 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.


    E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for experimentalism


  1. employment of or reliance upon experiments; empiricism
Derived Formsexperimentalist, noun
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