Meaning of “outlier” in the English Dictionary


"outlier" in English

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outliernoun [ C ]

/ˈaʊtˌlaɪ.ər/ //

a person, thing, or fact that is very different from other people, things, or facts, so that it cannot be used to draw general conclusions:

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 main part of something:

The survey showed about 125 outlier sites up to 100 miles from Chaco.

(Definition of “outlier” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"outlier" in Business English

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outliernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈaʊtˌlaɪər/ us

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, charges range from 0.45% per annum to 3.67% per annum.
The poll that showed him increasing support by 5 points was probably an outlier.

(Definition of “outlier” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)