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

  • n. Psychology Those characteristics of a person that cause variation in observation, judgment, and reasoning.
  • n. Psychology An allowance or adjustment made for such variation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the difference between an observed result and the true qualities or peculiarities in the observer; particularly the difference, in an average of a large number of observation, between the instant when an observer notes a phenomenon, as the transit of a star, and the assumed instant of its actual occurrence; or, relatively, the difference between these instants as noted by two observers. It is usually only a fraction of a second; -- sometimes applied loosely to differences of judgment or method occasioned by temperamental qualities of individuals.
  • adj. See under Equation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. variability attributable to individual differences

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