degree of freedom

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Definition of degree of freedom

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

First Known Use of degree of freedom

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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