- adj. relating to solving problems by experience rather than theory
- adj. trying out various means or theories until error is satisfactorily reduced or eliminated
“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.”
“As an extension of the venerable point-and-click adventure genre that was first explored on PCs more than two decades ago, this is subject to the format's distinct set of foibles, including all the un-fun of trial-and-error gameplay and precious minutes spent attempting to prod every pixel to discover what you've missed.”
“The programming they provide reflects that, with rigid rules that don't allow for young adults' proclivity for boundary-pushing and their trial-and-error style of learning.”
“Mr. Golomstock tracks the way that the smash-it-all-up trial-and-error of late imperial Russia's avant-garde experiments that were paralleled, revealingly enough, by Italy's proto-fascist Futurists initially meshed with the ecstatic starting-from-scratch of the Bolshevik revolutionary intelligentsia.”
“After a few trial-and-error experiments with other PDA phones, I happened upon a Samsung i730.”
“This sort of trial-and-error career search makes your resume look like splatter art, and often means you'll be pretty poor for a while.”
“Ann said, I make my own hoops out of 1/2″ 125 psi tubing, and am really digging the solid iridescent silver tape job I finally perfected after months of fantasizing about and doing trial-and-error versions of this ‘ideal hoop.’”
“But more often it's the case that beauty and truth and love and justice emerge in their full glory only over the course of a painstaking, step-by-step, trial-and-error process.”
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