from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A method of reaching a correct solution or satisfactory result by trying out various means or theories until error is sufficiently reduced or eliminated.
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- n. The process of finding a solution to a problem by trying many possible solutions and learning from mistakes until a way is found.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The method of discovering something desirable by trying many different things until one works.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. experimenting until a solution is found
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Learned only by trial and error what of their internalments were to be eaten and what not.
Providing the smallest-scale investments to ordinary individuals, this nascent industry is helping to foster the trial and error or searching for solutions, in the terminology of Professor Easterly that lies at the heart of capitalism.