[ koh-vair-ee-it, ‐eyt ]
/ koʊˈvɛər i ɪt, ‐ˌeɪt /
a continuous control variable that is observed rather than manipulated but can affect the outcome of an experiment or study: You need to adjust for education level and other covariates in interpreting the results.
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