experimental

[ ik-sper-uh-men-tl ]
/ ɪkˌspɛr əˈmɛn tl /

adjective

pertaining to, derived from, or founded on experiment: an experimental science.
of the nature of an experiment; tentative: The new program is still in an experimental stage.
functioning as an experiment or used for experimentation: an experimental airplane.
based on or derived from experience; empirical: experimental knowledge.

noun

something that is experimental.

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Origin of experimental

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

OTHER WORDS FROM experimental

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British Dictionary definitions for nonexperimental

experimental
/ (ɪkˌspɛrɪˈmɛntəl) /

adjective

relating to, based on, or having the nature of experimentan experimental study
based on or derived from experience; empiricalexperimental evidence
tending to experimentan experimental artist
tentative or provisionalan experimental rule in football

Derived forms of experimental

experimentally, adverb
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