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Definitions for heuristic
hyʊˈrɪs tɪk or, often, yʊ-heuris·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heuristic, heuristic rule, heuristic program(adj)

    a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem

  2. heuristic(adj)

    of or relating to or using a general formulation that serves to guide investigation


  1. Heuristic(a.)

    Serving to stimulate people to learn and discover on their own, especially by encouraging experimental and trial-and-error methods for solving problems.

    Etymology: [Gr. e"yri`skein to discover.]

  2. Heuristic(a.)

    Pertaining to or based on trial-and-error and experimental methods of learning and evaluation.

    Etymology: [Gr. e"yri`skein to discover.]

  3. Heuristic(a.)

    (Computers) Based on the use of an efficient trial-and error method to search a space of possible solutions to a problem, or to find an acceptable approximate solution, when an exact algorithmic method is unavailable or too time-consuming.

    Etymology: [Gr. e"yri`skein to discover.]

  4. Heuristic(a.)

    Serving to promote discovery or learning; -- used especially of thories or paradigms which stimulate new ideas for discovering facts in experimental sciences.

    Etymology: [Gr. e"yri`skein to discover.]

  5. Heuristic(n.)

    A heuristic method; a specific heuristic procedure.

  6. Heuristic(n.)

    A theory or approach which serves to promote discovery or learning by encouraging experimentation.


  1. heuristic(Noun)

    A heuristic method.

    Etymology: Irregular formation from εὑρίσκω.

  2. heuristic(Noun)

    The art of applying heuristic methods.

    Etymology: Irregular formation from εὑρίσκω.

  3. heuristic(Adjective)

    Relating to general strategies or methods for solving problems.

    Etymology: Irregular formation from εὑρίσκω.

  4. heuristic(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: Irregular formation from εὑρίσκω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heuristic(adj)

    serving to discover or find out

    Etymology: [Gr. e"yri`skein to discover.]


  1. Heuristic

    Heuristic refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery that give a solution which is not guaranteed to be optimal. Where the exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution via mental shortcuts to ease the cognitive load of making a decision. Examples of this method include using a rule of thumb, an educated guess, an intuitive judgment, stereotyping, or common sense. In more precise terms, heuristics are strategies using readily accessible, though loosely applicable, information to control problem solving in human beings and machines.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heuristic

    hū-ris′tik, adj. serving to find out.—n. the art of discovery in logic: the method in education by which the pupil is set to find out things for himself. [From the root of Gr. heuriskein, to find; also spelt euriskein. See Eureka.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heuristic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heuristic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of heuristic in a Sentence

  1. James Scott:

    The two main problems with signature and heuristic based anti-virus is the mutating hash and the fact that you first need a victim in order to obtain the signature. James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

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