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

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Recent Examples on the Web Today, of course, population density is very much correlated with partisanship, and the makeup of the Senate is unrepresentative of the population not only in party but in race, gender, age and other characteristics. Maggie Astor, chicagotribune.com, "For what it’s worth — ultimately, nothing — Biden is ahead by millions in the popular vote," 7 Nov. 2020 Some critics dismiss the endorsements as unrepresentative of the electorate. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Anti-Trump Republicans helping Biden keep polling lead," 22 Oct. 2020 Because the Senate, which gives the average voter in Wyoming 70 times as much weight as the average voter in California, is a deeply unrepresentative body. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | PAUL KRUGMAN: The future of civilization up in the air," 17 Oct. 2020 The ingenuity of the high-tech gerrymanders launched after the 2010 cycle had broken down battlegrounds like Wisconsin and North Carolina into districts utterly unrepresentative of their constituencies. David Daley, The New Republic, "Inside the Republican Plot for Permanent Minority Rule," 15 Oct. 2020 That would merely be to replace the wishes of a historical elite with those of an equally unrepresentative contemporary group. Kenan Malik, The New York Review of Books, "When Monuments Fall," 9 Sep. 2020 Advocates of criminal-justice reform say Californians, particularly African Americans, are often denied their constitutional right to a trial by a jury of peers because their cases are decided by unrepresentative juries. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California lawmakers pass bill to diversify largely white, wealthier juries," 31 Aug. 2020 In addition to the unrepresentative sample size, most of the studies Makary and Daniel cite in their article were not designed to measure the number of medical error deaths. Molly Stellino, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Ex-Sheriff David Clarke relies on flawed article for medical-error deaths claim," 25 Apr. 2017 The vandalism was a scathing and symbolic critique of what protesters saw as a corrupt and unrepresentative political system that had for too long disenfranchized and marginalized much of the citizenry. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Why extreme actions shouldn’t delegitimize a protest," 3 June 2020

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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 24 Nov. 2020.

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

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