WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
law of averages, 
  • Statisticsa statistical principle formulated by Jakob Bernoulli to show a more or less predictable ratio between the number of random trials of an event and its occurrences.
  • Slang Terms[Informal.]the principle that, in the long run, probability as naively conceived will operate and influence any one occurrence.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    law of averages n
    1. (popularly) the expectation that a possible event is bound to occur regularly with a frequency approximating to its probability, as in the (actually false) example



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