Mathematics. a variable in a functional relation whose value is determined by the values assumed by other variables in the relation, asy in the relation y = 3x2.Compare independent variable (def. 1).
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Origin of dependent variable
First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for dependent variable
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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Scientific definitions for 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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