Definitions

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  • adj. experimental or tentative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fitted for trial or test; experimental; tentative; treating of attempts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fitted for or pertaining to trying or testing; making trial; tentative: as, the peirastic dialogues of Plato.

Etymologies

Greek πειραστικός "tentative" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For that is the essential task of the art of discussion (dialectic) and of examination (peirastic).

    On Sophistical Refutations

  • It enables us to claim one who has been hitherto regarded as belonging to a merely speculative and peirastic school as the willing and deliberate champion of vital Christianity, and of an orthodoxy the more sincere because it has worked upward through the abyss of doubt; the more mighty for good because it justifies and consecrates the aesthetics and the philosophy of the present age.

    Literary and General Lectures and Essays

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  • Fitted for trial or test; experimental; tentative; treating of attempts.

    June 8, 2008