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thought experiment

n.
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.]
Translations
myšlenkový experiment
Gedankenexperiment
ajatuskoe
esperimento mentale
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