rule of thumb

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rule of thumb

n. pl. rules of thumb
A useful principle having wide application but not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable in every situation.

[From the use of the thumb as a makeshift ruler or measuring device, as in carpentry.]

rule of thumb

n
a. a rough and practical approach, based on experience, rather than a scientific or precise one based on theory
b. (as modifier): a rule-of-thumb decision.

rule′ of thumb′


n.
1. a general principle or rule based on experience or practice, as opposed to a scientific calculation.
2. a rough, practical method of procedure.
[1685–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rule of thumb - a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behaviorrule of thumb - a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior
rule, regulation - a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
Translations
regla general
nyrkkisääntö
ökölszabály
þumalputtaregla
tumregel
References in classic literature ?
She went into service early, and while yet a young woman, by rule-of-thumb progression, she became a lady's maid.
Another common rule-of-thumb that many designers use is that 1 ton equals 12,000 Btu/h if it is chilled water, but 1 ton equals 15,000 Btu/h if it is condenser water.
So, let's apply the highest of his rule-of-thumb range to Company A, and the lowest to Company B.
Kudos for your review of simple, rule-of-thumb calculations that can be performed in a pinch, without pen and paper, and which generally suffi ce for most VFR flights ("Numbers Game," May 2006).