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thought experiment

Definitions

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

  • noun An imagined sequence of events that is used to illustrate or investigate the consequences of a given action or condition, especially in philosophy and theoretical physics.

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  • noun physics, philosophy an attempt to solve a problem using the power of human imagination

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Translation of German Gedankenexperiment : Gedanke, thought + Experiment, experiment.]

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A calque of German Gedankenexperiment.

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