Definition of roman expérimental in English:

roman expérimental

Pronunciation /rə(ʊ)ˌmɒ̃ ɛkˌspɛrɪmɒnˈtɑːl/ /rə(ʊ)ˌman ɛkˌspɛrɪmɒnˈtɑːl/


  • A realistic novel which explores or draws upon deterministic theories of human nature (especially with reference to the writings of Émile Zola). Also (occasionally) figurative.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in William James (1842–1910), philosopher and psychologist. From French roman expérimental from roman + expérimental.