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
correlationalplay \ˌkȯr-ə-ˈlā-shnəl, -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.
Origin and Etymology of correlation
Medieval Latin correlation-, correlatio, from Latin com- + relation-, relatio relation
First Known Use: 1561
CORRELATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of correlation for English Language Learners
: the relationship between things that happen or change together
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