- serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation.
- encouraging a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her own, as by experimenting, evaluating possible answers or solutions, or by trial and error: a heuristic teaching method.
- of, relating to, or based on experimentation, evaluation, or trial-and-error methods.
- Computers, Mathematics. pertaining to a trial-and-error method of problem solving used when an algorithmic approach is impractical.
- a heuristic method of argument.
- the study of heuristic procedure.
Origin of heuristic
Related Words for heuristicsearching, questioning, interrogative, interested, prying, probing, examining, heuristic, analytical, doubtful, inquisitive, nosy, quizzical, speculative, studious, investigative, Socratic, catechistic, fact-finding, investigatory
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Contemporary Examples of heuristic
He developed a heuristic for betting on Daily Doubles (which resulted in a wager of $5, the minimum allowed).How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate
February 21, 2014
Historical Examples of heuristic
Is there any need to prove the capital importance of Heuristic?Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
In all other cases, as we have already pointed out, assumption and probability have only a heuristic value for us lawyers.Criminal Psychology
And the aim is heuristic, though often enough the search ends in no overt positive conclusion.
Over time, actions became simpler while languages acquired the complexity of the heuristic experience.
The heuristic attempt to establish new patterns of human interaction through art reflects the uncertainty.
- helping to learn; guiding in discovery or investigation
- (of a method of teaching) allowing pupils to learn things for themselves
- maths science philosophyusing or obtained by exploration of possibilities rather than by following set rules
- computingdenoting a rule of thumb for solving a problem without the exhaustive application of an algorithma heuristic solution
- (plural) the science of heuristic procedure
Word Origin for heuristic
"serving to discover or find out," 1821, irregular formation from Greek heuretikos "inventive," related to heuriskein "to find" (from PIE *were- "to find;" cf. Old Irish fuar "I have found") + -istic. As a noun, from 1860.