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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Computer Science An informal rule holding that the integrity of output is dependent on the integrity of input.

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  • Garbage In, Garbage Out. The integrity of the output is dependent on the integrity of the input

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  • n. (computer science) a rule stating that the quality of the output is a function of the quality of the input; put garbage in and you get garbage out

Etymologies

g(arbage) i(n,) g(arbage) o(ut).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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