trial and error


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trial and error

trying repeatedly for success. I finally found the right key after lots of trial and error. Sometimes trial and error is the only way to get something done.
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trial and error

An attempt to accomplish something by trying various means until the correct one is found. for example, The only way to solve this problem is by trial and error. The error here alludes to the failed means or attempts, which are discarded until the right way is found. [c. 1800]
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trial and error

the process of experimenting with various methods of doing something until you find the most successful.
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s Hercules(TM), and Mentor's Calibre(TM) employ geometric pattern matching techniques that dictate a costly and inefficient trial and error methodology.