One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small amount that is allowed for in case of miscalculation or change of circumstances.‘it is well within the margin of error for this sort of calculation’
- ‘Okay, but this poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three points.’
- ‘Even if shareholders are prepared to give Holmes the benefit of another few quarters' grace, he has an extremely small margin of error.’
- ‘Each guess was outside the margin of error of the other.’
- ‘So Bustamante has a three-point lead in a poll with a five-point margin of error.’
- ‘That's a large target area, and it allows for a margin of error when a shot must be taken from odd angles.’
- ‘A margin of error is allowed in the exercise of discretion.’
- ‘What is the margin of error around those city-level survey estimates?’
- ‘In a truly scientific survey, the margin of error will be very low.’
- ‘That, basically, is a statistical tie for first, because that's within the margin of error.’
- ‘That's two or three percentage point difference, which can be well within the margin of error.’
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