thought experiment(redirected from Gedanken experiment)
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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.
[Translation of German Gedankenexperiment : Gedanke, thought + Experiment, experiment.]
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