Meaning of HEURISTIC in English

— heuristically , adv.

/hyoo ris"tik/ or, often, /yoo-/ , adj.

1. serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation.

2. 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.

3. of, pertaining to, or based on experimentation, evaluation, or trial-and-error methods.

4. Computers , Math. pertaining to a trial-and-error method of problem solving used when an algorithmic approach is impractical.


5. a heuristic method of argument.

6. the study of heuristic procedure.

[ 1815-25; heuristicus, equiv. to Gk heur ( ískein ) to find out, discover + L -isticus -ISTIC ]

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