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Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Use of empirical or experimental methods in determining the validity of ideas.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That philosophy which regards observation of fact as affording the only assurance of positive truth, as distinguished from mere mathematical truth; the philosophy which was naturally developed out of the prosecution of the experimental sciences; the school of English philosophy of Locke, Berkeley, Hartley, the Mills, and others, together with Hume.
  • noun Experimental research in some branch of science.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an empirical doctrine that advocates experimental principles.
  • noun an orientation that favors experimentation and innovation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An experimental practice or tendency, especially in the arts
  • noun philosophy An empirical or pragmatic approach which emphasizes the importance of experimentation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an orientation that favors experimentation and innovation
  • noun an empirical doctrine that advocates experimental principles

Etymologies

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experimental +‎ -ism

Examples

  • As for the discussions within experimentalism itself, one finds a reprise of the same old back-and-forth about romanticism (though keyed to standards of sophistication now often taken from recent theoretical discourse rather thanas was once the casefrom modernist poetry): Is the lyric-romantic legacy simplistic or complex?

    Sociopolitical (i.e., _Romantic_) Difficulty in Modern Poetry and Aesthetics

  • The opposition between "experimentalism" and "craftsmanship" is patently obvious, of course, and we know before reading the rest of the review that we ought to avoid Lutz because he isn't a "craftsman."

    Book Reviewing

  • While the passage of time has made it impossible for us to discount the work of Joyce or Proust or Faulkner, whose books will remain on all serious readers 'reading lists, "experimentalism" in current fiction is more likely to be dismiseed by reviewers in much the way Torrance does in this article.

    Experimental Fiction

  • The kind of experimentalism we see with Simpson is not in the avant garde tradition to be sure.

    Anne Simpson & Sonnet L'Abbe

  • The kind of experimentalism we see with Simpson is not in the avant garde tradition to be sure.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • I can’t quite sit comfortably with the idea of Updike as a writer who is not interested in experimentalism.

    On John Updike « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Scratch that, great music -- because this one strikes the right balance of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's" experimentalism, "Sky Blue Sky's" mellow vibe and the unease that permeated "Summer Teeth."

    The Daily Times News Headlines

  • The pope called for striking a balance between aggressive medical treatment and what he called "experimentalism," meaning treating sick children as mere research subjects.

    National Catholic Reporter Conversation Cafe -

  • Those looking for a more definitive primer on Ze and his relentlessly inventive experimentalism should turn to 2010's "Studies of Tom Ze: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You," a five-disc, vinyl-only retrospective with a title that only hints at the heady reveries contained within.

    Lost tracks: Tom Ze, "Estudando a Bossa (Nordeste Plaza)"

  • "The Man with the Bagful of Boomerangs in the Bois de Boulogne" invokes the long tradition of French experimentalism.

    A Guidebook Through An Impossible Oeuvre

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