Does anybody know of a single word which describes a method or mechanism which is more reliable in getting the best answer (to a question which has no "correct" answers) or provides better results than the status quo?

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    An improvement? Feb 4 '15 at 13:58
  • Heuristics? ...
    – anemone
    Feb 4 '15 at 14:07
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    The best alternative - for a question without a definite answer.
    – Invoker
    Feb 4 '15 at 14:20

In the business, industrial and emergency services world, the concept of "best practices" is used to denote what is best under the circumstances rather than having a "one size fits all" rule or process. It takes into account the means, ability, experience that is available in a real world situation and is constantly being evaluated and updated based on personal experience and new information. Not a single word but it communicates the concept that you are describing.


I would simply describe such a method as "preferred."

"Preferred" implies that the method or mechanism being described is more effective and accurate than an inferior method or mechanism.

Edit: If you are looking for a noun which denotes a "preferred method," I am unable to help.

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