rule of thumb


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a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior

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If the owner of Company B took either valuation rule of thumb as representing a "fair price" for his business, and he wished to sell, he'd certainly decline offers that are "excellent" and "fair" in a real-world sense--to his great misfortune.
With the 25 percent rule of thumb and other essentially arbitrary methods of calculation no longer acceptable in determining damages, experts say it may be wise to have witnesses prepare multiple damages theories.
And for all the talk about belt-tightening in newsrooms, every circulation group is comfortably within the rule of thumb that newsroom expenses should account for 14% to 15% of total costs.
We show in the present study that this arbitrary rule of thumb for approximating M is unnecessary, as an empirical method (Hoenig, 1983) provides an analogous estimate based on a substantial data set.
As a rule of thumb, medical professionals X-ray pregnant women only "when there is a reasonable expectation of a health benefit," says S.
Yes, a quick rule of thumb matches the diameter of the fan with the largest dimension of a room.
As a rule of thumb, optimum sand conditioning can be realized when the ratio of molding sand compactability to moisture content is between 10.
A rule of thumb with flowers is that the larger the seed, the longer they will tend to remain viable.
The general rule of thumb is one metric tonne of manure will produce 15 cubic metres of methane.
Again, as a rule of thumb, the best time to prune trees is during their dormant season.
A RULE OF thumb is a simple relationship that allows us to effortlessly "put in the numbers" at the starting point of an estimate.
Our training leads us to search for the formula, the rule of thumb or the checklist.
Finally, buttressing this first rule of thumb was a second: preliminary injunctions are disfavored, since they are issued before any court has heard all the evidence and arguments.
A main rule of thumb to remember is "the more specific your search, the better your results.
Carter's explanation of the rule of thumb is an example of erroneous modern day revisionist history.