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adjective Statistics.
  1. (of a combined distribution) having more than one variate or variable.
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Origin of multivariate

First recorded in 1925–30; multi- + variate
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British Dictionary definitions for multivariate


  1. 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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multivariate in Science


[mŭl′tē-vârē-ĭt, -āt′]
  1. Having or involving more than one variable.
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