(noun) A procedure typically used to confirm the validity of a hypothesis by comparing the outcomes of one or more treatment groups to a control group on a given measure.
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- Plural: experiments
- An (noun) experimenter (verb) experiments (adverb) to create (adjective) experimental data.
- “Experiments are designed to create ‘real-life’ situations, ideally under controlled circumstances, in which the influence of different variables can be modified and measured” (Kendall 2006:34).
Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.