cor·​re·​la·​tion | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce correlation (audio) , ˌkär-\

Definition of correlation

1 : the state or relation of being correlated specifically : a relation existing between phenomena or things or between mathematical or statistical variables which tend to vary, be associated, or occur together in a way not expected on the basis of chance alone … the obviously high positive correlation between scholastic aptitude and college entrance … — James B. Conant
2 : the act of correlating

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Other Words from correlation

correlational \ ˌkȯr-​ə-​ˈlā-​shnəl How to pronounce correlational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌkär-​ \ adjective

Examples of correlation in a Sentence

the correlation of brain size and intelligence Researchers have found a direct correlation between smoking and lung cancer. She says that there's no correlation between being thin and being happy.
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That could result in a violent repricing when the correlation falls apart. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Risky Assets Move in Tandem, Stoking Fears More Volatility Lies Ahead," 23 Jan. 2019 Landay and Harms conducted a fresh meta analysis of data from several prior studies examining the possible correlation of psychopathy with corporate leaders. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Acting like a psychopath is great for male CEOs, not so much for women," 26 Oct. 2018 The correlation between autism, ADHD and anxiety has been studied in the past, but the database allowed Gordon-Lipkin and her dad to look at a larger sample than other studies. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Father/daughter research team studying autism at Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute," 14 June 2018 Conscious Decoupling Strong demand for floating-rate debt has helped lower the correlation between loan and junk bond prices. Lisa Lee,, "Fearing the Fed, Credit Investors Are Buying More Junk Instead," 27 Apr. 2018 There is a fascinating correlation of science and art, objectivity and subjectivity. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Artist CJ Hendry’s New Show Is Completely Insane," 17 Apr. 2019 The Case for $65,000 to $75,000 In 2010 Sir Angus Deaton, a Pulitzer Prize winner in economics, published a report with psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman that established a correlation between happiness and income. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The $10,000 Salary Jump That Will Actually Make a Difference in Your Life," 9 Apr. 2019 Only a few studies have explored the correlation between hurricanes and the number of babies born nine months later. Naseem S. Miller,, "Nine months after Irma, 'hurricane babies' have arrived," 21 June 2018 Major depression has at least some positive genetic correlation with each of the other nine conditions. The Economist, "A big collaboration is trying to understand diseases of the psyche," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of correlation

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for correlation

Medieval Latin correlation-, correlatio, from Latin com- + relation-, relatio relation

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English Language Learners Definition of correlation

: the relationship between things that happen or change together

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