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margin of error

noun [C] uk   us  
C2 an extra amount of something, such as time or money, which you allow because there might be a mistake in your calculations: When archaeologists date objects that are thousands of years old, they allow a margin of error of several hundred years. The British government estimates that its borrowing requirement this year could reach £150 billion, subject to a wide margin of error.
Translations of “margin of error”
in Chinese (Traditional) (時間、金錢等方面的)誤差幅度,誤差數…
in Chinese (Simplified) (时间、金钱等方面的)误差幅度,误差数…
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