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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: meien, from meien 'in the middle'; MEAN2

mean

3 noun
     
mean3
1

the mean

technicalHM the average amount, figure, or value:
The mean of 7, 9 and 14 is 10.
2

the/a mean between something and something

a method of doing something which is between two very different methods, and better than either of them:
It's a case of finding the mean between firmness and compassion.

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