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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
1715-1725
1715-25; guess + work
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  • The river itself was not known, and it was placed on the map by guesswork.
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  • Finding pieces of the spinal column joined together eliminates guesswork over how they articulated in life.
  • Most situations for that matter are too open-ended to be much more than guesswork.
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  • In the absence of reliable information, doctors are frequently forced to engage in guesswork when administering drugs.
  • As a result, pharmacology in babies often involves guesswork.
  • Authenticity dispenses with all this guesswork and uncertainty.
  • The patent claims that when software is used to perform that job a lot of guesswork is involved.
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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