correlation - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] formal 

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  1. a connection or relationship between two or more things that is not caused by chance. A positive correlation means that two things are likely to exist together, a negative correlation means that they are not
    correlation between:

    the correlation between personal wealth and health

    a significant/strong/high correlation:

    There is evidence of a strong correlation between drinking and violence.

    a direct/close/clear correlation:

    There is usually a direct correlation between an older person’s social status and their level of personal achievement.