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.

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Predicting anything is tough and going out three to five years relies heavily on guesswork. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "The Danger of Too Much Optimism," 30 Nov. 2018 Naturally, many of them concerned the identity of who wrote the op-ed: But while many of the memes focused on guesswork, even more of them focused on calling out what lots of people saw as the deep hypocrisy and cowardice on the part of the writer. Aja Romano, Vox, "That New York Times op-ed may not have given us hope — but it did give us memes," 6 Sep. 2018 The 52 outfit ideas in this gallery will help take the guesswork out of getting dressed this summer and will last you all season. Glamour, "52 Summer Outfit Ideas to Start Planning Now," 27 Apr. 2019 There's a lot of guesswork involved and what looks great on in the store can quickly become a different story four hours later. Glamour, "11 Foundations That Actually Look (and Feel) Like Your Skin," 13 Mar. 2019 How the first quarter actually is progressing is a matter of even more guesswork than usual as a result of data delays. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Economic Growth Just Got Malled," 14 Feb. 2019 While the market has thinned greatly in recent weeks—Evander Kane’s seven-year deal with the Sharks took a chunk out of the guesswork—the great prize of the summer is still out there in John Tavares. Michael Blinn,, "John Tavares the Biggest Name in a Thin 2018 NHL Free Agent Market," 5 June 2018 WWD Chic hostess gift ideas take the guesswork out of saying thank you during the holidays. Joyann King, Harper's BAZAAR, "While You Were Sleeping...Designers Sketch Kate Middleton's Wedding Gown, Rihanna Goes Brunete, Plus More!," 15 Dec. 2010 The décor-savvy idea behind purchasing a gallery wall kit is that the set takes the guesswork out of what prints work well with others, how many to include, and the at times complicated framing aspect. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Hutch Launches Gallery Wall Kits Featuring Female Artists," 5 Oct. 2018

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1725, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of guesswork

: the act or process of finding an answer by guessing


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

Kids Definition of guesswork

: work done or results gotten by guessing

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