Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

personal equation

the tendency to personal bias that accounts for variation in interpretation or approach and for which allowance must be made.
Origin of personal equation
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for personal equation
Historical Examples
  • The 'personal equation' is, in the ballad, a quantity at once immense and unknown.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • We know that an observer of nature always has to know his own personal equation.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Our one object of universal reverence and respect was the personal equation.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • In astronomy, for example, we find the value of the ‘personal equation.’

  • In politics it is necessary to consider the personal equation.

    A Modern Mercenary

    Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
  • The insinuation of the personal equation into his work was easier than it had looked.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • She was aware how much in all these matters the personal equation counted.

    At the Villa Rose A. E. W. Mason
  • The personal equation should count appreciably at such examinations.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • That is where individuality comes in—the "personal equation."

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • They show the influence of principles, when personal equation is eliminated.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for personal equation

personal equation

the variation or error in observation or judgment caused by individual characteristics
the allowance made for such variation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
personal equation in Medicine

personal equation n.
A constant but slight error in judgment, perceptual response, or action that is specific to an individual and is so constant that it is usually possible to allow for it when assessing that person's statements or conclusions, thus arriving at approximate exactness.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for personal equation

Word Value for personal

Scrabble Words With Friends