replication

noun
rep·​li·​ca·​tion | \ˌre-plə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of replication 

1a : answer, reply

b(1) : an answer to a reply : rejoinder

(2) : a plaintiff's reply to a defendant's plea, answer, or counterclaim

3a : copy, reproduction

b : the action or process of reproducing or duplicating replication of DNA viral replication

4 : performance of an experiment or procedure more than once

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Examples of replication in a Sentence

bought a smaller and cheaper replication of the marble statue for his garden we'll need to do a replication of that experiment so we can collect more data

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While all of the looks should prove easy to DIY, Kendall's take on the trend is especially ready for replication. Zoë Weiner, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Wore Green Negative-Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 13 Nov. 2018 Registered replication reports: Scientists are hungry to see if previously reporting findings in the academic literature hold up under more intense scrutiny. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A top Cornell food researcher has had 13 studies retracted. That’s a lot.," 19 Sep. 2018 Because much of the psychological research into wealth and power is relatively new, many of the findings are still being tested and need to be confirmed by replication, researchers say. William Wan, The Seattle Times, "Are rich people more likely to lie, cheat, steal? Science explains the world of Manafort and Gates.," 13 Aug. 2018 But recent studies show that replication efforts failed. New York Times, "She Went to Jail for a Drug Relapse. Tough Love or Too Harsh?," 4 June 2018 While all of the looks should prove easy to DIY, Kendall's take on the trend is especially ready for replication. Zoë Weiner, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Wore Green Negative-Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 13 Nov. 2018 While all of the looks should prove easy to DIY, Kendall's take on the trend is especially ready for replication. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore Negative Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 12 Nov. 2018 Solomon Cordwell Buenz has tried a different approach: Not a harmonious replication of the original design, as Lagrange attempted, or a wild, Soldier Field-style addition that offers a violent juxtaposition of past and present. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Union Station plans on the wrong track," 25 June 2018 But Winkleman insists that the analog measurements, while infinitely slower than modern tools like laser scanners, produce a far more accurate model—a kind of gold master for any future replications or alterations of that weapon. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of replication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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replication

noun
rep·​li·​ca·​tion | \ˌrep-lə-ˈkā-shən \

Medical Definition of replication 

1 : the action or process of reproducing or duplicating replication of DNA

2 : performance of an experiment or procedure more than once

replication

noun
rep·​li·​ca·​tion | \ˌre-plə-ˈkā-shən \

Legal Definition of replication 

: reply

History and Etymology for replication

Anglo-French, from Middle French, from Late Latin replicatio, from Latin, action of folding back, from replicare to fold back

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