[koh-vair-ee-it, ‐eyt]

noun Statistics.

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.

Nearby words

  1. covalent,
  2. covalent bond,
  3. covariance,
  4. covariant,
  5. covariant theory,
  6. covarrubias,
  7. covarrubias, miguel,
  8. cove,
  9. cove lighting,
  10. cove stripe

Origin of covariate

First recorded in 1965–70; co- + variate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019