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fudge factor

Syllabification: fudge fac·tor

Definition of fudge factor in English:

noun

informal
A figure included in a calculation to account for error or unanticipated circumstances, or to ensure a desired result.
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.

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