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[ik-speer-ee-en-shuh l] /ɪkˌspɪər iˈɛn ʃəl/
pertaining to or derived from experience.
Origin of experiential
1640-50; < Medieval Latin experientiālis. See experience, -al1
Related forms
experientially, adverb
nonexperiential, adjective
nonexperientially, adverb
transexperiential, adjective
unexperiential, adjective
unexperientially, adverb Unabridged
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  • No doubt about it, the body-mind is intricate and experiential.
  • For time immemorial, humanity has strived to have an intimate relationship with this alternate experiential reality.
  • Jaynes was denying that people had experiential phenomenal consciousness based on a claim about inflated self-consciousness.
  • experiential reports from participants can be as slippery as magic mushroom trips themselves.
  • But the usual critiques fail to recognize its potential for experiential learning.
  • Bush's obvious deficit in experiential seasoning was largely offset by poise and aplomb.
  • We each process experiential data according to our individual inherent genetic abilities.
  • Finally, some sense being made of experiential methods for teaching at all levels.
  • And yes, is there a substantive difference between amn integrated experiential understanding versus a memorized knowing.
  • However, the transition from the privately experiential to the publicly committed is not complete.
British Dictionary definitions for experiential


(philosophy) relating to or derived from experience; empirical
Derived Forms
experientially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for experiential

1640s (implied in experientially), from Latin experientia (see experience) + -al (1).

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