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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First Known Use of guesswork

1725, in the meaning defined above

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6 Mar 2021

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“Guesswork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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