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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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In addition, integrity errors reduced the efficacy of the trial-and-error procedure in some of the conditions for Kyle.
Trial-and-error is a never-ending, unsatisfying method
In both studies, participants remembered the learning context of the target words better if they had been learned through trial-and-error, relative to the errorless condition.
Simulation simply transfers trial-and-error discovery to the computer at an earlier point in the design phase, but it does so in a way that allows tools to be cut in fewer steps at less cost," says Meckley.
In terms of trials to criterion, stimulus fading had fewer trials to criterion than most-to-least (Wolfe & Cuvo, 1978) and trial-and-error (Strand & Morris, 1986).
That's where flow analysis could bring a better understanding of what is happening, demystify the process, and speed up the trial-and-error development stage.
After many trial-and-error attempts proved futile, the company turned to Mercury Interactive's LoadRunner and WinRunner to test its applications.