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1 being about midway between extremes of amount or size
  • since a Chihuahua seems as impractical as a Saint Bernard, let's get a dog of more average dimensions

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Synonyms & Antonyms of average (Entry 2 of 3)

what is typical of a group, class, or series
  • my cat's a cut above the average when it comes to being a finicky eater

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Frequently Asked Questions About average

How is the word average distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of average are mean, median, and norm. While all these words mean "something that represents a middle point," average is the quotient obtained by dividing the sum total of a set of figures by the number of figures.

scored an average of 85 on tests

When can mean be used instead of average?

The words mean and average are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, mean may be the simple average or it may represent value midway between two extremes.

a high of 70° and a low of 50° give a mean of 60°

In what contexts can median take the place of average?

While the synonyms median and average are close in meaning, median applies to the value that represents the point at which there are as many instances above as there are below.

average of a group of persons earning 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 dollars an hour is 6 dollars, whereas the median is 5 dollars

Where would norm be a reasonable alternative to average?

In some situations, the words norm and average are roughly equivalent. However, norm means the average of performance of a significantly large group, class, or grade.

scores about the norm for fifth grade arithmetic

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The first known use of average was in 1746

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“Average.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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