plural -es
: the existence of such a high degree of correlation between supposedly independent variables being used to estimate a dependent variable that the contribution of each independent variable to variation in the dependent variable cannot be determined

Word History


multi- + collinear + -ity

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of multicollinearity was in 1934

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“Multicollinearity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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