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Pronunciation: sam'pel


  1. A specimen of a whole entity small enough to involve no threat or damage to the whole; an aliquot.
  2. A selected subset of a population; a sample may be random or nonrandom (haphazard), representative or nonrepresentative.

[M.E. ensample, fr. L. exemplum, example]

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