Learn English – term or word for solving a problem that one created oneself


I am looking for a word or term for the concept of solving a problem that oneself created.

An example would be a solution to smog: if there wasn't so much emission and pollution, there would be no problem and so no need to find a solution.

I guess one could say it's solving a problem which was inadvertently created.

First off, many thanks to both Derezzed and Aldfrith for the answers and input.

I suppose auto,- or fault-correcting does in some sense cover the concept but
it suggests an inherent fault in the code or the programming:

if CONDITION = X result = 'ok' else, if CONDITION = Y then result = 'autocorrect'

In other words the computer fixes the issue because it already knows the problem.

I guess what I'm looking for is different, in the sense that the problem is not inherent
or perhaps fabricated and the solution more reactionary (with, or without intent).

  • An example with intent would be creating a computer virus and then figuring out the solution.
  • An example without intent would be building a bridge and discovering that one of the bases
    is threatening or interfering with a local fish population,
    thus creating the need to finding a solution for said fish population.

Though the intent was simply connecting point A to point B,
nonetheless a new problem was created by happenstance.
If we would not have built the bridge,
there would be no problem and no need for a solution.

I guess the concept or word would be more in lines with auto-created-problem or,
for lack of a better word :P, serendipitous problem.

Best Answer

One word that comes to mind is undo, which carries the meaning of rolling back to a point before an action was carried out. To cover the whole process, though, you would still need to use another word like fault-correction.

There is also the more general term, process, which admittedly does not specifically indicate that there was a problem. However, your general situation is covered by this word.

It depends a little on how you plan to use the term.