nonsense correlation

noun

statistics a correlation supported by data but having no basis in reality, as between incidence of the common cold and ownership of televisions

Nearby words

  1. nonsectarian,
  2. nonselective,
  3. nonself,
  4. nonself-antigen,
  5. nonsense,
  6. nonsense syllable,
  7. nonsense triplet,
  8. nonsense verse,
  9. nonsensical,
  10. nonsexist

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