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 In a poll of Ohio State text subscribers, some voted it the best win of the last 20 years, though there may be some recency bias included. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ranking Ohio State’s win over Clemson among the 10 best OSU wins of the last 20 years," 5 Jan. 2021 The FiveThirtyEight polling average, which takes the quality and recency of polls into account, has Trump up by 1 percentage point. cleveland, "With Election Day approaching, here’s what you need to know about the presidential election in Ohio," 1 Nov. 2020 Time to start mentioning his name in the MVP conversation ... especially with my recency bias still shining on Las Vegas. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: Packers' meltdown leads to another change at No. 1," 20 Oct. 2020 The relative recency of Brittany Murphy's tragic death in 2009 posed a different kind of challenge. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Famous strange demises get a second look in The Curious Life and Death of…," 1 Oct. 2020 Change feeds to focus on recency rather than personalization. Christopher Seneca, Wired, "How to Break Out of Your Social Media Echo Chamber," 17 Sep. 2020 Landers and Cornell made it perhaps because of recency bias, but the talent thinned out a bit. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s All-Decade Team -- my version of a full 85-player roster: Doug Lesmerises," 4 July 2020 Or someone whose dominance is dated, so my opinion seems more cultured and not the subject of recency bias. Dallas News, "SportsDay staffers pick the best athletes they’ve ever covered: Michael Jordan, Patrick Mahomes, D-FW high school stars and more," 13 Apr. 2020 Pro-actively seeks feedback from peers and managers 1 The Performance Review almost always ignores cognitive traps that may be coloring an evaluator’s judgment of a direct report, including recency, halo, and confirmatory biases. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The Performance Review gets its annual performance review," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of recency

1612, in the meaning defined above

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“Recency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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