As an adjective, heuristic (pronounced from the Greek "heuriskein" meaning "to discover") pertains to the process of gaining knowledge or some desired result by intelligent guesswork rather than by following some preestablished formula. (Heuristic can be contrasted with algorithmic.)
a heuristic is a specific rule-of-thumb or argument derived from experience
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based on wild guesswork, and prone to error
That problem is too hard, let's just make a heuristic for it.
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A learning or discovering technique based on experience. Or, a way to try something new (like a new position), based on what you already know. If you know what I mean...
-"Sheila and I are going to go work out some serious Heuristic Algorithms tonight."

-"I find this solution to your Heuristic Algorithm really painful."

-"You should try Dave's Heuristic Algorithm! It's got some really intense solutions!"
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Through self awareness of the human condition heuristic replacement thinking in others.
I want to make I and you to we. This through self awareness of the human condition heuristic replacement thinking in positive and negative egoism. We have to be aware of social heuristics.
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a heuristic process or method.

the study and use of heuristic techniques.
Bill did that heuristically
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A type of heuristic (mental shortcut, as opposed to algorithm) that involves using the most mentally immediate information.

Alternatively, a shortcut in mate selection in which one chooses whoever happens to be available.
I fell prey to my availability heuristic in deciding which restaurant to go to. Subway again, I guess.
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In order to ease the cognitive load of decision-making related to the consumption of luxury goods and services one may apply the Woeber heuristic by inquiring the cost of all available alternative and selecting the most lavish option.
P1: "Should I order the Wagyu Rib Eye or the Argentinian Tomahawk?"

P2: Just use the Woeber heuristic and choose the more expensive one!
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