re·​cen·​cy | \ ˈrē-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce recency (audio) \

Definition of recency

: the quality or state of being recent

Examples of recency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mark Briggs, a stream restoration ecologist, who was in Shipek's group and wading through waist-high water at the time, took the first recording, logging the size, recency and approximation to any other would-be beaver activity. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 30 Dec. 2021 At the same time, this is an emotional business with a lot of recency bias baked into decisions. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 Heck, at this point, with his own Q-rating soaring by the week, Aranda carries a real risk of recency bias. Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2021 Cognitive biases are errors that affect an individual’s judgment based on unconscious factors like recency, preconceived notions and other factors. Greg Kihlstrom, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 But those were different, lacking the production pizzazz of the Houston show, and the recency. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 Past that, there’s just…a ton of recency bias here. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 This is the most competitive category of the night, and what wins is going to depend, to some degree, on the impact of the recency effect. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 18 Sep. 2021 Instead, that award and eight others went to The Queen’s Gambit, which appears immune to the recency bias that sometimes hurts shows that premiered early in the eligibility window. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of recency

1612, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2022

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“Recency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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