law of averages

noun phrase

: the commonsense observation that probability influences everyday life so that over the long term the possible outcomes of a repeated event occur with specific frequencies

Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of law of averages was in 1874

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“Law of averages.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/law%20of%20averages. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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