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trial and error

A method of reaching a correct solution or satisfactory result by trying out various means or theories until error is sufficiently reduced or eliminated.

tri′al-and-er′ror adj.

trial and error

a method of discovery, solving problems, etc, based on practical experiment and experience rather than on theory: he learned to cook by trial and error.

tri′al and er′ror

experimentation or investigation in which various means are tried and faulty ones eliminated in order to find the correct solution or achieve the desired result.
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Noun1.trial and error - experimenting until a solution is found
experiment, experimentation - the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
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(ˈtraiəl) noun
1. an act of testing or trying; a test. Give the new car a trial; The disaster was a trial of his courage.
2. a legal process by which a person is judged in a court of law. Their trial will be held next week.
3. a (source of) trouble or anxiety. My son is a great trial (to me).
trial run
a rehearsal, first test etc of anything, eg a play, car, piece of machinery etc.
on trial
1. the subject of a legal action in court. She's on trial for murder.
2. undergoing tests or examination. We've had a new television installed, but it's only on trial.
trial and error
the trying of various methods, alternatives etc until the right one happens to appear or be found. They didn't know how to put in a central-heating system, but they managed it by trial and error.
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Ultimately, process engineers were able to reduce lead time and avoid further casting process design by trial and error.
Aeschleman and Higgins (1982) reported no significant differences in trials to criterion between stimulus fading, progressive time delay, and trial and error.
The AppSight Application Problem Resolution System optimizes the problem resolution process by automating the capture of all problem information -- eliminating the need to reproduce the problem and its environment -- and accelerates root cause analysis by removing the iterative trial and error steps inherent in manual approaches.