adjective Statistics.

(of a combined distribution) having more than one variate or variable.

Origin of multivariate

First recorded in 1925–30; multi- + variate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for multivariate



statistics (of a distribution) involving a number of distinct, though not usually independent, random variables
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Word Origin and History for multivariate

1928, from multi- + -variate, from Latin variatio (see variation).

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Science definitions for multivariate


[mŭl′tē-vârē-ĭt, -āt′]

Having or involving more than one variable.
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