unrepresentative

adjective
un·​rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive | \ˌən-ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv \

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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The 51 California nursing homes in Dr. Rahman’s study had garnered just five reviews on average — a tiny, probably unrepresentative sample. New York Times, "No Luck Finding the Right Nursing Home? Maybe Yelp Can Help," 11 May 2018 The 51 California nursing homes in Dr. Rahman’s study had garnered just five reviews on average — a tiny, probably unrepresentative sample. New York Times, "No Luck Finding the Right Nursing Home? Maybe Yelp Can Help," 11 May 2018 The 51 California nursing homes in Dr. Rahman’s study had garnered just five reviews on average — a tiny, probably unrepresentative sample. New York Times, "No Luck Finding the Right Nursing Home? Maybe Yelp Can Help," 11 May 2018 The 51 California nursing homes in Dr. Rahman’s study had garnered just five reviews on average — a tiny, probably unrepresentative sample. New York Times, "No Luck Finding the Right Nursing Home? Maybe Yelp Can Help," 11 May 2018 The 51 California nursing homes in Dr. Rahman’s study had garnered just five reviews on average — a tiny, probably unrepresentative sample. New York Times, "No Luck Finding the Right Nursing Home? Maybe Yelp Can Help," 11 May 2018 The 51 California nursing homes in Dr. Rahman’s study had garnered just five reviews on average — a tiny, probably unrepresentative sample. sandiegouniontribune.com, "No luck finding the right nursing home? Maybe Yelp can help," 15 May 2018 The legislative districts are equally unrepresentative, and only House Speaker Joe Straus, a moderate Republican from San Antonio, has occasionally kept the Capitol from completely going off the rails. Cecile Richards, chicagotribune.com, "A turning point for Texas' deep-red politics?," 23 Apr. 2018 Scholars, journalists and politicians tend to look at big unrepresentative intelligence failures — such as Pearl Harbor or the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — and draw their conclusions about the intelligence community’s analytical capacity. Alex Bollfrass, Washington Post, "Did the U.S. underestimate North Korea's weapons program? It's not that simple.," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unrepresentative

1829, in the meaning defined above

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