philosophy the style in which words are explicitly mentioned rather than used of their subject matter. "Fido" is a dog's name is in the formal mode, while "Fido is a dog" is in the material modeSee also mention (def. 7)
What’s The Difference: Average, Mean, Median, And ModeAs you probably know the terms average, mean, median, and mode are commonly confused with one another because they all describe ways to talk about sets of numbers.
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