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Definitions of Variable

  1. (noun) A set of attributes or values.
  2. (noun) Any characteristic, number, or quantity that can vary among a sample or population that can be measured.
  3. (noun) A symbol like X or Y that represents a measurable characteristic.

Types of Variable

Variable Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈvɛːrɪəb(ə)l/
    • British English
      • /ˈvɛːrɪəb(ə)l/
  • Syllabification: (var·i·a·ble)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: variables
  • A variable is either categorical or numerical.
  • A variable is contrasted with a constant, which is a characteristic or value that does not change.
  • A variable must be observable and measurable to be studied, this is achieved through operationalization.
  • Also called variable quantity.
  • Variables are (adjective) variable and vary (adverb) variably by exhibiting (noun) variableness and (noun) variability.

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Contributor: C. E. Seaman


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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “variable.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/variable/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Seaman, C. E. (2015). variable. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/variable/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “variable.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/variable/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

Seaman, C. E. “variable.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/variable/>.