# dependent variable

### noun

Mathematics. a variable in a functional relation whose value is determined by the values assumed by other variables in the relation, as y in the relation y = 3x2.Compare independent variable(def 1).

Statistics. (in an experiment) the event studied and expected to change when the independent variable is changed.Compare independent variable(def 2), control variable(def 1).

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## Nearby words

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## Origin of dependent variable

First recorded in 1850–55

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## British Dictionary definitions for dependent variable

## dependent variable

### noun

a variable in a mathematical equation or statement whose value depends on that taken on by the independent variablein "y = f(x)", "y'"is the dependent variable

psychol statistics the variable measured by the experimenter. It is controlled by the value of the independent variable, of which it is an index

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## Science definitions for dependent variable

## dependent variable

[ dĭ-pĕn′dənt ]

In mathematics, a variable whose value is determined by the value of an independent variable. For example, in the formula for the area of a circle, A = πr2, A is the dependent variable, as its value depends on the value of the radius (r). Compare independent variable.

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