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

Example Sentences

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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Cite this Entry

“Multivariate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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