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Does the phrase "logistically very difficult" sound correct in the following fragment?

Given that it would be logistically very difficult to conduct the experiment

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The phrase "logistically very difficult" sounds fine, but depending on the context you might also use,

Given that conducting the experiment is impractical, …

or

Given that conducting the experiment is not feasible, …

Since when you're describing an experiment as feasible, it would be generally understood that you're referring to the feasibility of conducting the experiment, you could probably simplify this to:

Given that the experiment is not feasible, …

Also note, you could replace "not feasible" with "infeasible", but that's a much less common word.

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thanks p.s.w.g. –  FranciscoC Jan 6 at 19:06

It is grammatically fine.

It's semantically fine if the experiment would in fact involve logistics: coordinating people, processes and delivery of resources across a broad geographic area.

People misuse "logistics" nowadays as a synonym for "practicality", "feasibility" or "complexity", which it isn't.

It's also not related to "logic" or that work's Greek root "logos" at all; rather, it's related to the word "lodge" and its etymology.

See here: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=logistics

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thanks kaz! Complexity sounds better –  FranciscoC Jan 6 at 19:08
    
@FranciscoC Yes, so for instance if there isn't any problem obtaining the equipment and other materials for the experiment, but it requires a lot of patience and skill, and takes numerous coordinated steps, then it's not really a problem of logistics. –  Kaz Jan 6 at 19:27

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