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  • 1(of a new invention or product) based on untested ideas or techniques and not yet established or finalized.

    ‘an experimental drug’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the experimental products will be tried in real repair projects.’
    • ‘Once in orbit, the experimental craft will wait four days before extending its solar sails, and will use this time to take pictures of Earth.’
    • ‘Recently, researchers combined strontium with ranelic acid to produce the experimental drug.’
    • ‘It hopes to start clinical trials on its first experimental drug around the middle of next year.’
    • ‘He is about to take part in a trial of an experimental American drug in the hope he can buy more time.’
    exploratory, investigational, probing, fact-finding, trial and error
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    1. 1.1Relating to scientific experiments.
      ‘experimental results’
      • ‘To check for robustness of results in this experimental study we used analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, and nested design.’
      • ‘These findings are supported by both experimental and theoretical results.’
      • ‘The two groups were collapsed for further analyses, resulting in a larger experimental group.’
      • ‘Her experimental results tell us what infants are actually able to learn.’
      • ‘We found that, on average, experimental treatment resulted in slightly better disease control than standard therapy did.’
      • ‘Our experimental results seem to correlate with these theoretical findings.’
      • ‘The model was calibrated on the basis of the similar experimental results.’
      • ‘Segre correctly emphasizes the importance of experimental tests of theoretical ideas.’
      • ‘The ripple phase has been extensively studied by a variety of experimental techniques.’
      • ‘Patients wishing to store their eggs should note that egg freezing and the use of frozen eggs in treatment are experimental techniques.’
      • ‘Various experimental techniques have been used to study the gating mechanism of MscL.’
      • ‘Xenotransplantation is currently an experimental technique only.’
      • ‘DNA was prepared as described in the experimental protocol section.’
      • ‘This section will depict some of the applications of this knowledge that can be used in experimental protocols.’
      • ‘The sections below detail the experimental protocol for each of the two treatments.’
      • ‘The experimental protocol was approved by the Institute's Ethical Committee.’
      • ‘On the following day, the bird received the other food type with the same experimental protocol.’
      • ‘Use of a constant cooling rate is very common in experimental practice.’
      • ‘The surgical and experimental protocol was technically successful in all nine animals.’
      • ‘The structural results are in agreement with experimental literature data.’
  • 2(of art or an artistic technique) involving a radically new and innovative style.

    ‘experimental music’
    • ‘The group has been described as the most radical and experimental art movement of the sixties.’
    • ‘It blends edgy, experimental programming with traditional arts offerings.’
    • ‘Breaking with the traditional canon of styles in the arts, pop art is as experimental as the expressionist or primitive arts.’
    • ‘Living downstairs is Brian, an abstract artist with some truly disturbing experimental techniques.’
    • ‘This argument links his views to a well established experimental literature.’
    • ‘The roots of this approach might be traced to his introduction to experimental film-making.’
    • ‘Stephen is a creature that likes the form of traditional song, but he also loves the ideas of experimental music.’
    • ‘Using the natural buoyancy of the water, the experimental dance is both effortless and enormously fluid.’
    • ‘During the first few weeks of June, electronica and experimental techno in the purist sense of the genre descends on Montreal.’
    • ‘Instead, he draws from his background in experimental jazz and spoken word.’
    • ‘There was no avant-garde art any more, there was no more experimental drama any more.’
    • ‘He claims that he can find no evidence for pure clairvoyance in any of the spontaneous or experimental literature.’
    • ‘The kinds of literary work that have been described as postmodernist include the Theatre of the Absurd and some experimental poetry.’
    • ‘The spirit of experimental music lives on in Sao Paulo.’
    • ‘Why do you think there is such an interest in experimental music now, with more and more bands taking greater musical risks?’
    • ‘We formed an experimental music group in 1980 called the East End Butchers.’
    • ‘I also recommend the disc for those who love avant-garde, experimental filmmaking.’
    • ‘Both shows entail a plethora of experimental dance, theater and music performances.’
    • ‘What happened to experimental filmmaking in Australia after that?’
    • ‘Vancouver is known for its small, young, independent, and experimental dance community.’
    innovative, innovatory, new, original, inventive, radical, avant-garde, alternative, fringe
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  • 3 archaic Based on experience as opposed to authority or conjecture.

    ‘an experimental knowledge of God’
    • ‘Pauli based his investigation on a profound analysis of the experimental and theoretical knowledge in atomic physics at the time.’
    • ‘What converts it from speculation to knowledge is confirmation by experimental evidence.’



/ɪkˌspɛrɪˈmɛntl/ /ɛkˌspɛrɪˈmɛntl/


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘having personal experience’, also ‘experienced, observed’): from medieval Latin experimentalis, from Latin experimentum (see experiment).