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 By making the level of interest rates a dependent variable, Volcker bought himself a little political cover. Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post, "How Paul Volcker beat inflation and saved an independent Fed," 10 Dec. 2019 That absolute value became their dependent variable, the thing that changed over time. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Maybe Election Polls Aren't Broken After All," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dependent variable

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Dependent variable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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