dependent variable


Definition of dependent variable

: a mathematical variable whose value is determined by that of one or more other variables in a function

Examples of dependent variable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vaccine uptake is the dependent variable and trust in EU institutions is the independent variable. Lutz Finger, Forbes, 6 May 2021 But hoarding is a dependent variable, as the economists would say, while the independent variable, that is, the factor causing the hoarding, was supply uncertainty or more prosaically, fear. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 By making the level of interest rates a dependent variable, Volcker bought himself a little political cover. Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2019 That absolute value became their dependent variable, the thing that changed over time. Adam Rogers, WIRED, 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dependent variable

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dependent variable was circa 1852

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13 May 2021

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“Dependent variable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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