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guesswork

[ges-wurk] /ˈgɛsˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
work or procedure based on or consisting of the making of guesses or conjectures.
Origin of guesswork
1715-1725
1715-25; guess + work
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  • My longitude was little more than guesswork; my latitude not very certain; and my compass was out.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • The further in they went the greater the guesswork of the going.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • There's no guesswork there, but the most rigid scientific tests.

    The Boy With the U.S. Census Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • This, he recognized, was guesswork, but still it might be the truth.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • The flying machine of those days was largely a matter of guesswork.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • For our clearest knowledge is but guesswork when it is not based on numbers.

    Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers
  • I may be right or wrong, that's guesswork at the best, and let me get to my facts again.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for guesswork

guesswork

/ˈɡɛsˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
a set of conclusions, estimates, etc, arrived at by guessing
2.
the process of making guesses
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Word Origin and History for guesswork
n.

also guess-work, 1725, from guess + work (n.).

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