Definition of Heuristic

1. Noun. A commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem.

Exact synonyms: Heuristic Program, Heuristic Rule
Generic synonyms: Formula, Rule
Specialized synonyms: Lateral Thinking

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or using a general formulation that serves to guide investigation.
Similar to: Trial-and-error
Antonyms: Algorithmic

Definition of Heuristic

1. a. Serving to discover or find out.

Definition of Heuristic

1. Adjective. Relating to general strategies or methods for solving problems. ¹

2. Adjective. Of a method that is not certain to arrive at an optimal solution. ¹

3. Noun. A heuristic method. ¹

4. Noun. The art of applying heuristic methods. ¹

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Definition of Heuristic

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Medical Definition of Heuristic

1. Proceeding by trial and error rather than according to a planned route. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Heuristic

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Literary usage of Heuristic

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1. The Teaching of Mathematics in the Elementary and the Secondary School by Jacob William Albert Young (1906)
"The question has been repeatedly put to me : "I wish to take up the heuristic method. How shall I do _ How to Intro- it?" The reply has been: duce the Hen- ..."

2. The Logical Bases of Education by James Welton (1899)
"Hence arise what are known as ' heuristic' methods of teaching, that is, ... The essence of heuristic methods is that the pupil learns to think for himself, ..."

3. The Teaching of Mathematics in the Higher Schools of Prussia by Jacob William Albert Young (1900)
"The heuristic method does not permit the use of a text-book of the ordinary style; either The heuristic a specially prepared text is used or method. none. ..."

4. The Teaching of Scientific Method and Other Papers on Education by Henry Edward Armstrong (1903)
"XV THE heuristic METHOD OF TEACHING OR THE ART OF MAKING CHILDREN DISCOVER ... time if we seek to minimise the didactic and encourage heuristic teaching; ..."

5. Isolation and Aggregation in Economics by Ekkehart Schlicht (1985)
"2.1 The heuristic View John Maynard Keynes The isolating approach, ... The isolating approach will be delineated in the following as a heuristic procedure. ..."

6. Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein (1921)
"... XIV THE heuristic VALUE OF THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY OUR train of thought in the foregoing pages can be epitomised in the following manner. ..."

7. Traditional Ojibwa Religion and Its Historical Changes by Christopher Vecsey (1983)
"heuristic Definition of Religion I have used a heuristic definition of religion as my framework for describing Ojibwa religion, but I do not imply that my ..."

8. Teaching Children to Be Literate: A Reflective Approach by Anthony V. Manzo, Ula Casale Manzo (1995)
"Look for each of these characteristics in the first universal strategy, the Listen—Read—Discuss heuristic, described below. Notice especially how the ..."

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