While searching for the meaning I got this:

Workaround - a method for overcoming a problem or limitation in a program or system.

Which means almost the same as "solution".
So, can we use "workaround to this" instead of "solution to this" in a sentence?

For example,

  • This issue is getting more complicated. I want a workaround to this.
  • Math is not real fun unless you have the workaround to these equations.

Is it okay to use this combination in a sentence? Does it hold a different meaning?
And what are the other precautions?

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    In my world (software support), "workaround" is usually not a good thing since it implies that there's something wrong with the product or process and an alternate way to solve the problem is employed. It is a solution, just not one I'd like the end-users to employ - except in the case of an emergency and then just until a permanent solution can be developed, fixed or deployed. – Kristina Lopez Aug 29 '14 at 18:28
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    When you use a workaround, the problem still exists, you've just found a way to live with it. A solution to a problem is expected to fix it. – Barmar Aug 29 '14 at 18:33
  • 'Workaround' is a modern compound. Prepositions (other than in their central spatial & temporal usages) tend to collocate with nouns on a (now) apparently rather arbitrary basis. We use answer / solution to (a question / problem), where for might be more logically expected. 'Workaround' has probably not been around long enough to collocate with a preposition other than the logical 'for'. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 29 '14 at 19:09
  • People have said to me 'We do not have a solution, but there is a quickfix you can do'. Workaround = quickfix? – WS2 Aug 29 '14 at 19:41
  • @WS2 no a quick fix could be a permanent solution and fix implies it is a correct solution not a workaround – mmmmmm Aug 29 '14 at 20:26

A method for overcoming a problem or limitation in a program or system.
-- Google Dictionary

A means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation.
-- Google Dictionary

A workaround is a way of avoiding the problem.

A solution fixes the problem.

They do both have the same outcome, but a workaround is like covering up a patch of damp with wall paper, rather than getting it waterproofed.

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  • I have searched on various sites for the answer and I think this explains better than any other. – aniskhan001 Sep 6 '14 at 12:57
  • So can we say 'workaround' as 'temporary solution'? – d a i s y Jan 18 '19 at 10:50

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