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heuristic

[ hyoo-ris-tik or, often, yoo- ]
/ hyʊˈrɪs tɪk or, often, yʊ- /
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adjective
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.
noun
a heuristic method of argument.
the study of heuristic procedure.
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Origin of heuristic

1815–25; <New Latin heuristicus, equivalent to Greek heur(ískein) to find out, discover + Latin -isticus-istic

OTHER WORDS FROM heuristic

heu·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·heu·ris·tic, adjectiveun·heu·ris·tic, adjectiveun·heu·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for heuristic

heuristic
/ (hjʊəˈrɪstɪk) /

adjective
helping to learn; guiding in discovery or investigation
(of a method of teaching) allowing pupils to learn things for themselves
  1. maths science philosophy using or obtained by exploration of possibilities rather than by following set rules
  2. computing denoting a rule of thumb for solving a problem without the exhaustive application of an algorithma heuristic solution
noun
(plural) the science of heuristic procedure

Derived forms of heuristic

heuristically, adverb

Word Origin for heuristic

C19: from New Latin heuristicus, from Greek heuriskein to discover
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