trial and error

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tri·al and er·ror

(triī'ăl er'ōr),
The apparently random, haphazard, hit-or-miss exploratory activity that often precedes the acquisition of new information or adjustments; it may be overt, as in a rat running in a maze, or covert (vicarious), as when one thinks of various ways of coping with a situation.
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trial and error

see LEARNING.
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