re·​cen·​cy ˈrē-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce recency (audio)
: the quality or state of being recent

Examples of recency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That survey found that the public’s views on Trump’s fitness for high office remain largely unchanged by the indictment, which is hardly shocking given the recency of the event and the voting public’s hardened views on the candidate. Noah Rothman, National Review, 12 June 2023 While the scale of the breach appears smaller than some other recent leaks of classified U.S. material, the sensitive subject matter and relative recency are major worries for U.S. officials. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2023 There is no correlation between success and the recency of that previous experience with the program. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2022 Russell and Mays were foundational performers whose place on the respective Mt. Rushmores of their sports wouldn’t be in question except for recency bias. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2023 Alex Bregman Is there some recency bias in play here? James Yasko, Chron, 31 Jan. 2023 But our love for her latest isn't just recency bias talking. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Jan. 2023 Though recency bias may sink Gase’s approval rating among Patriots fans — the Jets went 2-14 in his final season as head coach — Belichick has been a fan. Nicole Yang,, 13 Jan. 2023 And recency bias could rear its head with a lopsided loss by TCU even though Ohio State lost badly to Michigan in its final regular-season game. Dallas News, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recency was in 1612

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“Recency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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re·​cen·​cy ˈrēs-ᵊn-sē How to pronounce recency (audio)
: the state of being recent
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