[ ree-suhn-see ]

  1. the fact of being recent, of having occurred a relatively short time ago; closeness of a past event to a later past time or to the present:The general nervousness during that period was mostly due to the recency of the great stock market crash.

  2. the fact of being more recent than something else and therefore more salient or memorable (often used attributively):The data might be showing recency effects—that is, choices presented later were more likely to be selected by participants.

Origin of recency

  • Sometimes re·cent·ness [ree-suhnt-nis] /ˈri sənt nɪs/ .

Words Nearby recency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use recency in a sentence

  • The factors that strengthen these tendencies or connections are the frequency, recency, primacy, and vividness of experience.

    The Science of Human Nature | William Henry Pyle
  • That Mount Rainier should still retain so much of its internal heat is not surprising in view of the recency of its eruptions.

    Mount Rainier | Various
  • Once more, then, we find in our results no correspondence between recency of defect and quick mental recovery.

    Adenoids and Diseased Tonsils | Margaret Cobb Rogers
  • What particular word shall be recalled depends on the frequency, recency and intensity of past linkage.

    Psychology | Robert S. Woodworth
  • We must add to this the comparative recency of geological study in this rich field.