Meaning of HEURISTIC in English

[ ˌhjʊ(ə)'rɪstɪk ]

■ adjective

1》 enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves.

2》 Computing proceeding to a solution by trial and error or by rules that are only loosely defined.

■ noun a ~ process or method.

↘( ~s ) [usu. treated as sing. ] the study and use of ~ techniques.


~ally adverb


C19: formed irregularly from Gk heuriskein 'to find'.

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