Definition of correlation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒrəˈleɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɔːrəˈleɪʃn//
[countable, uncountable] Experiments and research
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a connection between two things in which one thing changes as the other does correlation (between A and B) There is a direct correlation between exposure to sun and skin cancer. correlation (of A with B) the correlation of social power with wealth See related entries: Experiments and research Word Originmid 16th cent.: from medieval Latin correlatio(n-), from cor- ‘together’ + relatio, from referre ‘bring back’, from re- ‘back’ + ferre ‘bring’.Extra examples A strong correlation exists between the fatness of parents and their children. The second group of measurements had a high correlation with the first. The study showed a significant correlation between smoking and heart disease. The study showed a significant correlation between the baby’s sleeping position and the risk of cot death. the correlation between speed and risk of accident the correlation of height with weight
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