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law of averages

n.
The principle holding that the relative frequency with which an event occurs in repeated trials will converge to a stable value over time as the number of samples increases. Also called Bernoulli's law, law of large numbers.
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law of averages

n
(Statistics) (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: after five heads in a row the law of averages makes tails the better bet. Compare law of large numbers
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law′ of av′erages


n.
1. a statistical principle formulated by Jakob Bernoulli to show a more or less predictable ratio between the number of random trials of an event and the outcomes that result.
2. the principle that, in the long run, probability as naively conceived will operate and influence any one occurrence.
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Noun1.law of averages - a law affirming that in the long run probabilities will determine performance
law of nature, law - a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics"
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1 has had to pay for her early success with a sequence of first round draws that had defied the Law of Average.
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