Philos., Physics a test in which one imagines the practical outcome of a hypothesis when physical proof may not be available
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.
Origin of thought experimentTranslation of German Gedankenexperiment : Gedanke, thought + Experiment, experiment.
(plural thought experiments)
A calque of German Gedankenexperiment.