un·​rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive | \ ˌən-ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv How to pronounce unrepresentative (audio) \

Definition of unrepresentative

: not representative: such as
a : not typical or characteristic : atypical an unrepresentative sample We only claim that our town is not all that unrepresentative of America in its mixture of idealism and weakness, ambitions and muddles …— Judith Martin
b : not representing an electorate an unrepresentative judiciary

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unrepresentativeness noun

Examples of unrepresentative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nearly all-white jury — an unrepresentative sample of a county that is more than a quarter Black — must reach an unanimous decision on whether each of the defendants are guilty of murder. Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 The first is algorithmic bias, which comes from poor or unrepresentative training data. John Asquith, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Though much of the focus for this trial has been on the peremptory strikes, Angie Setzer, senior attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative, said the reasons behind unrepresentative jury pools start well before the strikes. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 But this observation is unrepresentative of most locations in the solar system, since it is biased by our proximity to the Sun. Amir Siraj, Scientific American, 2 Sep. 2021 Some progressives have characterized bipartisan infrastructure negotiations as narrow and unrepresentative. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2021 There'd been just two dozen openly gay Olympians among the more than 10,000 who competed at the 2012 London Games, a reflection of how unrepresentative and anachronistic top-tier sports were just a decade ago and, to a large extent, still are. John Leicester, Chron, 27 July 2021 Iowa is small and unrepresentative, more than 90 percent white, and the 2020 election showed that Democrats’ future is in the Sun Belt, with its racially diverse electorate and college-educated suburbanites. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Biased data: Biased data occurs when the dataset is incomplete, too heavily weighted toward specific attributes and/or unrepresentative of all use cases. Titus Capilnean, Forbes, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of unrepresentative

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrepresentative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrepresentative. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unrepresentative

: not showing what a group of people or things is truly like : not representative

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