goodness of fit

noun phrase

: the conformity between an experimental result and theoretical expectation or between data and an approximating curve

Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goodness of fit was in 1895

Dictionary Entries Near goodness of fit

Cite this Entry

“Goodness of fit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!