process of elimination

noun phrase

: the act of considering and rejecting each possible choice until only one is left
She figured out who he was by (the) process of elimination.

Examples of process of elimination in a Sentence

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“Process of elimination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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