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Meaning of “outlier” in the English Dictionary

"outlier" in British English

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outliernoun [C]

/ˈaʊtˌlaɪ.ər/  us //
a ​person, thing, or ​fact that is very different from other ​people, things, or ​facts, so that it cannot be used to ​drawgeneralconclusions: People who ​live past 100 are ​genetic outliers, whose ​longevity is unreachable for most of us. (also outlier site) a ​place that is ​far from the ​mainpart of something: The ​surveyshowed about 125 outlier ​sites up to 100 ​miles from Chaco.
(Definition of outlier from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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outliernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈaʊtˌlaɪər/
a fact, ​figure, ​piece of ​data, etc. that is very different from all the others in a set and does not seem to ​fit the same ​pattern: Eliminating one or two obvious outliers, ​chargesrange from 0.45% ​per annum to 3.67% ​per annum. The ​poll that showed him ​increasingsupport by 5 ​points was probably an outlier.
(Definition of outlier from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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