mul·​ti·​var·​i·​ate ˌməl-tē-ˈver-ē-ət How to pronounce multivariate (audio)
: having or involving a number of independent mathematical or statistical variables
multivariate calculus
multivariate data analysis

Examples of multivariate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, supply chain management—and specifically ocean freight shipments—are inherently multivariate, complex issues that are beyond one’s ability to predict. Ami Daniel, Forbes, 9 June 2022 The forces behind these trends are complex and multivariate. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Only a few studies have used high-dimensional, multivariate measures of behavior. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019

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Word History


multi- + variable + -ate entry 3

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of multivariate was in 1920

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“Multivariate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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