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Definition of undercount in English:


Pronunciation: /ʌndəˈkaʊnt/
[with object]
Enumerate (something, especially a sector of a population in a census) at a lower figure than the actual figure: they have been accused of undercounting the homeless Baltimore’s population was undercounted by about 36,000 people
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  • It speculates that perhaps the 1991 Census undercounted Bombay's population slightly.
  • Although vastly undercounted by the U.S. Census, the Haitian population in South Florida has been estimated to be approximately half a million.
  • The African American population was one of the most severely undercounted populations in the nation.


Pronunciation: /ˈʌndəkʌʊnt/
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1A count or figure that is inaccurately low: an undercount would thwart this progress
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  • These figures are probably an undercount, since owners tried to hide horses from the tax collector.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Census Bureau could not create statistical models to fill the projected gaps in the undercount as a way of ‘reapportioning’ U.S. Congressional districts.
  • The 1990 undercount also proved frustrating for scholars who use demographic data to conduct their research.
1.1The amount by which an undercount falls short of the actual count or figure: other states had significantly larger undercounts
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  • First, because it fails to account for improvements in living standards over time, our poverty measure yields a significant undercount of those who are materially deprived compared to the rest of us.
  • Some leaders of those groups claim that's a significant undercount.
  • The Census Bureau first detected significant undercounts 20 years ago, when the response rate to the 1980 nationwide mailing fell to a 75 percent from a 78 percent response in 1970.
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