correlation

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noun cor·re·la·tion \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈlā-shən, ˌkär-\

Definition of correlation

  1. 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. 2 :  the act of correlating

correlational

play \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈlā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, ˌkär-\ adjective

Examples of correlation in a Sentence

  1. the correlation of brain size and intelligence

  2. Researchers have found a direct correlation between smoking and lung cancer.

  3. She says that there's no correlation between being thin and being happy.

Origin and Etymology of correlation

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


First Known Use: 1561

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CORRELATION Defined for English Language Learners

correlation

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noun cor·re·la·tion \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈlā-shən, ˌkär-\

Definition of correlation for English Language Learners

  • : the relationship between things that happen or change together



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