degree of freedom

noun phrase

1
: any of a limited number of ways in which a body may move or in which a dynamic system may change
2
: one of the capabilities of a statistic for variation of which there are as many as the number of unrestricted and independent variables determining its value

Examples of degree of freedom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To amass this staggering degree of freedom to maneuver, Putin and his cronies exploited a number of weaknesses in the British system. Philip Zelikow, Foreign Affairs, 9 June 2020 The new rules are meant to apply to American Palestinians living abroad and to those in the Palestinian territories, potentially offering a new degree of freedom to full-time West Bank residents and more limited mobility to those in Gaza. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 By introducing a widely accepted rating system, the industry increased the degree of freedom for creators, especially those designing games rated 18+. François Candelon, Fortune, 5 May 2023 But journalists from outside news organizations were usually granted a degree of freedom. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of degree of freedom was in 1867

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“Degree of freedom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/degree%20of%20freedom. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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