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 was born in a rural district of England, where life proceeds by rule of thumb and the unexpected is so very unexpected that when it happens it is looked upon as an immorality.
That growth rate is roughly half of what our rule of thumb would suggest we need just to hold the unemployment rate constant.
Can either rule of thumb be credible if each yields a drastically different value?
Although the Federal Circuit sided with Uniloc in reversing the district court's JMOL on the issue of infringement, it agreed with Microsoft's assessment of the damages as excessive and, in addition to throwing out the 25 percent rule of thumb used to calculate the damages, it excluded expert testimony that "checked" the suggested damages using the "entire market value rule.
If you have a public light and power study (PLP), then instead of the rule of thumb, you can apply a more exact test.
We show in the present study that this arbitrary rule of thumb for approximating M is unnecessary, as an empirical method (Hoenig, 1983) provides an analogous estimate based on a substantial data set.
For athletes in periods of heavy training, a good rule of thumb is to consume three to five grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight per day.
A good rule of thumb is to only use those store-bought products that contain as few ingredients as possible.
Diversity--the financial portfolio kind--is certainly an investing rule of thumb.
As a rule of thumb, medical professionals X-ray pregnant women only "when there is a reasonable expectation of a health benefit," says S.
As a rule of thumb, optimum sand conditioning can be realized when the ratio of molding sand compactability to moisture content is between 10.
A rule of thumb with flowers is that the larger the seed, the longer they will tend to remain viable.