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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.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Also called Gedanken experiment.

Origin of thought experiment

First recorded in 1940–45
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