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  • n. A calculation of an estimate of the value of some function outside the range of known values.
  • n. An inference about some hypothetical situation based on known facts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The approximate calculation, from known values of a function for given values of the variable, of another value of the function for a value of the variable smaller than the smallest or larger than the largest of those upon which the calculation is based.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function outside the range of known values
  • n. an inference about the future (or about some hypothetical situation) based on known facts and observations


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  • And isn't it the same kind of extrapolation on the liberal side when you say, well, this could lead to more terror incidents because of this horrible war?

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  • Rep. Steve King, a leader of the House Rep.blicans '"Immigration Reform Caucus" used what he called "extrapolation" to make up frightening albeit fictional statistics during the 2006 debate, such as one claiming that 12

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  • That kind of extrapolation, by the way, is a favorite debate tool of former Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.



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  • Hah! Yes!

    June 13, 2008

  • More polation than one needs at a given moment.

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