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thought experiment

Syllabification: thought ex·per·i·ment

Definition of thought experiment in English:

noun

An experiment carried out only in the imagination.
Example sentences
  • The soul could conceivably exist without a body, as Descartes tried to show when he carried out the thought experiment of imagining himself subject to demonic deception.
  • It is a thought experiment designed to arrive at a practical judgment, action upon which is anticipated to resolve one's predicament.
  • By trusting our intuitions in the thought experiment, we falsely conclude that rapid waves cannot be light either.

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