co·​var·​i·​ate ˌkō-ˈver-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce covariate (audio)
: any of two or more random variables exhibiting correlated variation

Examples of covariate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the authors don't discuss the possibility that both of these phenomena are caused by a third, confounding factor - a covariate that wasn't controlled for. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2016 The good news is that there's a simple fix: entering the motion parameters, extracted from the DTI data itself, as a covariate in the analysis. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 26 Nov. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of covariate was in 1965

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“Covariate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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