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heuristic

[hyoo-ris-tik or, often, yoo-] /hyʊˈrɪs tɪk or, often, yʊ-/
adjective
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, Mathematics. pertaining to a trial-and-error method of problem solving used when an algorithmic approach is impractical.
noun
5.
a heuristic method of argument.
6.
the study of heuristic procedure.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Neo-Latin heuristicus, equivalent to Greek heur(ískein) to find out, discover + Latin -isticus -istic
Related forms
heuristically, adverb
nonheuristic, adjective
unheuristic, adjective
unheuristically, adverb
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heuristic

/hjʊəˈrɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
helping to learn; guiding in discovery or investigation
2.
(of a method of teaching) allowing pupils to learn things for themselves
3.
  1. (maths, science, philosophy) using or obtained by exploration of possibilities rather than by following set rules
  2. (computing) denoting a rule of thumb for solving a problem without the exhaustive application of an algorithm: a heuristic solution
noun
4.
(pl) the science of heuristic procedure
Derived Forms
heuristically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin heuristicus, from Greek heuriskein to discover
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Word Origin and History for un heuristic

heuristic

adj.

"serving to discover or find out," 1821, irregular formation from Greek heuretikos "inventive," related to heuriskein "to find" (from PIE *were- "to find;" cf. Old Irish fuar "I have found") + -istic. As a noun, from 1860.

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