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Definition of "trial-and-error" [trial-and-error]

  • Relating to solving problems by experience rather than theory (adjective)
  • Trying out various means or theories until error is satisfactorily reduced or eliminated (adjective)

WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.

Use "trial-and-error" in a sentence
  • "But his evolution as a farmer — with many trial-and-error detours along the way — included extended adventures with bees and sheep."
  • "With trial-and-error as their chief strategy, Suitor and the AAC team developed a set of leg braces, weights and belts to compensate for Nichols' steering deficiencies."
  • "They are not anxious to commit themselves to a specific career, let alone settle down and start families, and they are easy being looked upon as a trial-and-error generation."
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