Definition of outlier
1 : a person whose residence and place of business are at a distance His house was a place of refuge for outliers.
2 : something (such as a geological feature) that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body The island is an outlier on the southeast side of the archipelago.
3 : a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample Values that are outliers give disproportionate weight to larger over smaller values.
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And Macron on Thursday released a video address to the American people asserting that Trump is an outlier against American greatness, despite his own political mantra.
Suddenly, Mr. Mattis found himself as a representative of an outlier nation — at least in the eyes of many of the Asian officials and international policy experts who filled a packed hall here.
There are movements in neighboring states to boost the hourly minimum wage, so take heart because Illinois may not always be a Midwestern outlier.
The federal agency asks police departments to submit a uniform crime report every month, and while the majority comply, there are a few outliers who don't.
While the policy extends back to the Jim Crow era and makes Florida an outlier nationally, there have been efforts to make the process easier.
The barrage of media queries came as the 43rd Group of Seven summit in Sicily ended with the U.S. president as an outlier.
His .293 BABIP is neither an outlier nor unsustainable.
A dynasty, Cashman acknowledged, is always an outlier, a rare confluence of so many factors, especially luck.
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