guess·​work | \ ˈges-ˌwərk How to pronounce guesswork (audio) \

Definition of guesswork

: work performed or results obtained by guess : conjecture

Examples of guesswork in a Sentence

Calculating the drug's long-term effects is pure guesswork.
Recent Examples on the Web Nevertheless, as the system developed over time, the guesswork was taken out of it. Mark Deeks, Forbes, 2 July 2022 That's why the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab took the guesswork out of shopping for a waterproof mattress cover. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Avian flu can be catastrophic to commercial bird populations, as well as devastating to wild birds and domesticated backyard birds, but the potential impact in Oregon at this point remains little more than guesswork. oregonlive, 18 May 2022 Take a cue from Julia Roberts and remove the guesswork from getting ready for the office by investing in your own pair of oxford heels below. Claire Harmeyer,, 19 Apr. 2022 Thus, modeling box office potential in China during the greenlighting process has always been a matter of guesswork for the studios. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 Colleen Cira, a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, recommends eliminating as much guesswork as possible on the front end. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 But officers form that suspicion with little more than guesswork and their own biases. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 But the voting public shouldn't be asked to support GOP candidates purely on hunches and guesswork. Joel Mathis, The Week, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of guesswork

1725, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jul 2022

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“Guesswork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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guess·​work | \ ˈges-ˌwərk How to pronounce guesswork (audio) \

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: work done or results gotten by guessing

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