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 Like many organizations prone to recency bias, the NSMA has been forced to play catch-up on honoring luminaries unfamiliar to its younger members. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "'He was a real pro': Late UK basketball voice Cawood Ledford gets his due, long overdue," 18 Jan. 2020 And maybe there's a bit of recency bias seeping in here with that riveting season finale occurring just last night. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Watchmen, not Game of Thrones, proved to be HBO’s show of the decade," 16 Dec. 2019 Identifying false recency bias — over-inflating or under-inflating a line — is a big key in finding value in football betting. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Miami at Duke odds, picks and best bets," 29 Nov. 2019 But there's more than recency bias behind the sentiment. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "Ubuntu 19.10: It’s fast, like “make old hardware feel new” fast," 27 Nov. 2019 Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers Once again, Adams is a recency bias play. Dr. Roto,, "Week 2 Visionary Plays: Bold Fantasy and DFS Predictions," 13 Sep. 2019 Being a sports fan in 2019 means falling victim to recency bias — and recently Thomas looked as if his career was over. New York Times, "Are the Phoenix Suns for Real? N.B.A. Takeaways, 2 Weeks In," 5 Nov. 2019 The company encourages law enforcement units to contract for four training sessions a year, believing that frequency and recency are part of the responsible delivery of training. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Engage Virtual Range provides serious gun training or adrenaline rushing entertainment -- you choose," 24 Oct. 2019 Don’t fall victim to the recency bias for either side. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars odds, picks and best bets," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of recency

1612, in the meaning defined above

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“Recency.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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