Definition of guesswork in English:

guesswork

noun

  • [mass noun] The process or results of guessing.

    ‘answering this question will involve you in a certain amount of guesswork’
    • ‘It may be that a certain amount of guesswork was involved.’
    • ‘All too often in this book, the author is forced to fall back on her own suppositions and general guesswork.’
    • ‘We don't, but we cannot go to war on guesswork, hypothesis and speculation.’
    • ‘In the meantime, a certain amount of guesswork appears inevitable.’
    • ‘If we heeded all the hype, accidents would be eliminated, yet this involves too much speculation and guesswork.’
    • ‘Plus, all drawings are full-size, so there is no guesswork involved.’
    • ‘They are entirely guesswork, speculative and based on unsound mathematics designed to promote the private healthcare system.’
    • ‘Details of the deal were not disclosed by the principals or anyone else connected with it - a reason why there was so much guesswork in the press last week.’
    • ‘While there is a fair bit of guesswork and assumption involved, parties reckon they can narrow down who voted for them and who didn't.’
    • ‘However, I'll add a disclaimer to say that everything here is just conjecture and guesswork, if you know otherwise then let me know.’
    • ‘But this is only guesswork and it is hoped that an expert from one of the universities might be enlisted to help solve the problem.’
    • ‘We know she has a sense of humour, we know she likes animals, but other than that, regardless of how much research you do, it's really all guesswork.’
    • ‘Well, that was just guesswork, so I decided to make myself really depressed and run a spreadsheet on it.’
    • ‘The cards were completed laboriously and with a fair amount of guesswork.’
    • ‘We can effectively only work with reported numbers, as the total number of cases is guesswork.’
    • ‘In practice this is largely going to be a matter of guesswork though so you can't really plan too deeply.’
    • ‘There's a huge amount of educated guesswork involved in these chronologies.’
    • ‘As a result, he said, intelligence was mainly ‘inferential’ - that means guesswork.’
    • ‘So there's a certain amount of guesswork or predicting that goes into it.’
    • ‘But how many of them are left in the rest of Africa is guesswork, and as a result, their decline may be easily overlooked.’
    guessing, conjecture, surmise, supposition, assumption, presumption, suspicion, speculation, hypothesizing, theorizing, prediction, expectation
    approximations, rough calculations
    feelings, hunches
    guesstimates
    ballpark figures
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Pronunciation:

guesswork

/ˈɡɛswəːk/