Pronunciation: (hyoo-ris'tik or, often, yoo-),[key] —adj. 1. serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation.
2. encouraging a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her own, as by experimenting, evaluating possible answers or solutions, or by trial and error: a heuristic teaching method. 3. of, pertaining to, or based on experimentation, evaluation, or trial-and-error methods.
4. Computers,Math.pertaining to a trial-and-error method of problem solving used when an algorithmic approach is impractical.
—n. 1. a heuristic method of argument.
2. the study of heuristic procedure.