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mean vs average

average vs mean

mean and average both are nouns.

mean and average both are adjectives.

mean and average both are verbs.

As nouns, average is a hypernym of mean; that is, average is a word with a broader meaning than mean:
  • mean: an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
  • average: a statistic describing the location of a distribution
Other hypernyms of mean include norm.
As adjectives, mean and average are synonyms defined as:
  • mean and average: approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
mean (noun) average (noun)
an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n a statistic describing the location of a distribution
(sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities
an intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual
mean (adjective) average (adjective)
approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
characterized by malice lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered
having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality lacking exceptional quality or ability
marked by poverty befitting a beggar around the middle of a scale of evaluation
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution
(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values)
of no value or worth
very good; of the highest quality
mean (verb) average (verb)
mean or intend to express or convey amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain
have as a logical consequence achieve or reach on average
denote or connote compute the average of
have in mind as a purpose
have a specified degree of importance
intend to refer to
destine or designate for a certain purpose

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