unrepresentative

adjective

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

Examples of unrepresentative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But California voters are not entirely unrepresentative of the nation. George Skelton, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024 The acronym was first coined in an influential 2010 paper to describe the wildly unrepresentative populations that many psychology studies have long relied on. Connie Chang, The Atlantic, 15 Feb. 2024 And in 2022, Meta, which owns Facebook, restricted a tool called CrowdTangle that journalists and researchers had used to show which posts were most popular — often with embarrassing, odd or politically skewed results — after executives said the tool was unrepresentative of normal use. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 The winter weather, intimidating even for Iowa, made an already unrepresentative process even less representative. Steve Peoples, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2024 And how can an unrepresentative sample find a representative sample to poll? Ginny Hogan, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2024 The season’s first trophies are determined by a small, unrepresentative body of New Yorkers, some of whom are my co-workers. Vulture, 27 Oct. 2023 Only two Black women have served in the whole history of the Senate, which is, bluntly stated, wildly unrepresentative and a disgrace. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 The United States must always advocate for democracy and human rights everywhere, but that commitment must not blind Washington to the reality that U.S. national interests sometimes require it to work with repressive, unrepresentative governments. Robert M. Gates, Foreign Affairs, 29 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrepresentative was in 1829

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“Unrepresentative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrepresentative. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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