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personal equation

noun
1.
the tendency to personal bias that accounts for variation in interpretation or approach and for which allowance must be made.
Origin of personal equation
1835-1845
1835-45
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Examples from the Web for personal equation
Historical Examples
  • In perfect dramatic expression the personal equation is wholly eliminated.

    Nineteenth Century Questions James Freeman Clarke
  • We know that an observer of nature always has to know his own personal equation.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • That is quite sufficient in regard to the personal equation.

    The Inhumanity of Socialism Edward F. Adams
  • The personal equation should count appreciably at such examinations.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • Very generally this personal equation has been looked upon as a certain indefinable possession enjoyed by the favored few.

    Principles of Teaching Adam S. Bennion
  • She was disappointed that the personal equation had had so little prominence.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • The 'personal equation' is, in the ballad, a quantity at once immense and unknown.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • It was the personal equation as supplied by her that made the thing impossible.

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
  • Allowance has to be made too for the personal equation of the observer, which is by no means inconsiderable.

  • They work out these things in the personal equation largely.

British Dictionary definitions for personal equation

personal equation

noun
1.
the variation or error in observation or judgment caused by individual characteristics
2.
the allowance made for such variation
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personal equation in Medicine

personal equation n.
A constant but slight error in judgment, perceptual response, or action that is specific to an individual and is so constant that it is usually possible to allow for it when assessing that person's statements or conclusions, thus arriving at approximate exactness.

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