[vair-ee-it, -eyt]


Statistics. random variable.

Origin of variate

1810–20; < Latin variātus past participle of variāre to vary; see -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for variate



statistics a random variable or a numerical value taken by it
a less common word for variant (def. 4)

Word Origin for variate

C16: from Latin variāre to vary
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Word Origin and History for variate

in statistics, 1899, from adjective variate (mid-15c.), from Latin variatus, past participle of variare (see vary).

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