A figure included in a calculation to account for some unquantified but significant phenomenon or to ensure a desired result: the market soon recognized the fudge factor, half a point tacked on for the drought effect
More example sentences
- As a result, Einstein was accused of inserting a fudge factor (the cosmological constant) to keep the universe from collapsing.
- Time was you could pace out a site, scribble some numbers on the back of a piece of paper, make a few calculations, add in your secret fudge factor, and come up with a decent bid.
- This is due to some mysterious repulsive force, first envisioned by physicist Albert Einstein as part of his so-called fudge factor in keeping the universe balanced.
Definition of fudge factor in:
- The US English dictionary