heuristic

heuristic [hyo͞o ris′tik]
adj.
[< Ger heuristisch < Gr heuriskein, to invent, discover: see EUREKA]
helping to discover or learn; specif., designating a method of education or of computer programming in which the pupil or machine proceeds along empirical lines, using rules of thumb, to find solutions or answers
heuristically
adv.

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