Definition of Constant
(noun) A characteristic or value that does not change across an observation.
Example of Constant
- Students are given 10 minutes to take the same test, the time limit is the constant, their performance is the variable.
- American English – /kAHn-stuhnt/
- British English – /kOn-stuhnt/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈkɑnstənt/
- British English – /ˈkɒnstənt/
- Plural: constants
- Constant is the opposite of variable.
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- Word origin of “constant” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- control group
- dependent variable
- negative correlation
- positive correlation
- random sample
- statistical analysis
Contributor: C. E. Seaman
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2014. “constant.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved December 9, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/constant/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
Seaman, C. E. (2014). constant. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/constant/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2014. “constant.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed December 9, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/constant/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
Seaman, C. E. “constant.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 9 Dec. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/constant/>.