(Ex*pe`ri*en"tial) a. Derived from, or pertaining to, experience. Coleridge.
It is called empirical or experiential . . . because it is divan to us by experience or observation, and not
obtained as the result of inference or reasoning.Sir. W. Hamiltion.
Ex*pe`ri*en"tial*ly, adv. DR. H. More.
(Ex*pe`ri*en"tial*ism) n. (Philos.) The doctrine that experience, either that ourselves
or of others, is the test or criterion of general knowledge; opposed to intuitionalism.
Experientialism is in short, a philosophical or logical theory, not a psychological one.G. C. Robertson.
(Ex*pe`ri*en"tial*ist), n. One who accepts the doctrine of experientialism. Also used
(Ex*per"i*ment) n. [L. experimentum, fr. experiri to try: cf. OF. esperiment, experiment.
1. A trial or special observation, made to confirm or disprove something doubtful; esp., one under conditions
determined by the experimenter; an act or operation undertaken in order to discover some unknown
principle or effect, or to test, establish, or illustrate some suggested or known truth; practical test; proof.
A political experiment can not be made in a laboratory, nor determined in a few hours.J. Adams.
2. Experience. [Obs.]
Adam, by sad experiment I knowMilton.
How little weight my words with thee can find.
(Ex*per"i*ment) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Experimented; p. pr. & vb. n. Experinenting.] To
make experiment; to operate by test or trial; often with on, upon, or in, referring to the subject of an
experiment; with, referring to the instrument; and by, referring to the means; as, to experiment upon
electricity; he experimented in plowing with ponies, or by steam power.
(Ex*per"i*ment), v. t. To try; to know, perceive, or prove, by trial or experience. [Obs.] Sir
(Ex*per`i*men"tal) a. [Cf.F. expérimental.]
1. Pertaining to experiment; founded on, or derived from, experiment or trial; as, experimental science; given
to, or skilled in, experiment; as, an experimental philosopher.
2. Known by, or derived from, experience; as, experimental religion.
(Ex*per`i*men"tal*ist), n. One who makes experiments; an experimenter. Whaterly.
(Ex*per`i*men"tal*ize) v. i. To make experiments (upon); to experiment. J. S. Mill.
(Ex*per`i*men"tal*ly) adv. By experiment; by experience or trial. J. S. Mill.
(Ex*per`i*men*ta"ri*an) a. Relying on experiment or experience. "an experimentarian
philosopher." Boyle. n. One who relies on experiment or experience. [Obs.]
(Ex*per`i*men*ta"tion) n. The act of experimenting; practice by experiment. J. S. Mill.
(Ex*per`i*men"ta*tive) a. Experimental; of the nature of experiment. [R.]
(Ex*per"i*men*ta`tor) n. [LL.] An experimenter. [R.]