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Adjective, Noun


heuristica. [Gr. e"yri`skein to discover.].
  •  Serving to promote discovery or learning; -- used especially of thories or paradigms which stimulate new ideas for discovering facts in experimental sciences.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Serving to stimulate people to learn and discover on their own, especially by encouraging experimental and trial-and-error methods for solving problems.  [PJC]
  •  Pertaining to or based on trial-and-error and experimental methods of learning and evaluation.  [PJC]
  •  Based on the use of an efficient trial-and error method to search a space of possible solutions to a problem, or to find an acceptable approximate solution, when an exact algorithmic method is unavailable or too time-consuming.  [PJC]
  •  A heuristic method; a specific heuristic procedure.  [PJC]
  •  A theory or approach which serves to promote discovery or learning by encouraging experimentation.  [PJC]


heuristic, adj. & n.
1 allowing or assisting to discover.
2 Computing proceeding to a solution by trial and error.
1 the science of heuristic procedure.
2 a heuristic process or method.
3 (in pl., usu. treated as sing.) Computing the study and use of heuristic techniques in data processing.

heuristic method a system of education under which pupils are trained to find out things for themselves.
heuristically adv.
irreg. f. Gk heurisko find



analytic, cut-and-try, empirical, examinational, examinatorial, examining, experimental, explorational, explorative, exploratory, fact-finding, feeling, groping, hit-or-miss, indagative, inspectional, inspectorial, investigational, investigative, investigatory, pilot, probationary, probative, probatory, proving, provisional, tentative, test, testing, trial, trial-and-error, trying, verificatory, zetetic

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