odds

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Noun[change]

Singular
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plural
odds

(plural only; not used in singular form)

  1. (countable), (mathematics) In statistics, the odds are the chance something will happen divided by the chance it will not happen:
    1. If "p" is the chance it will happen: \frac{p}{1 - p}
    2. The odds something will not happen: \frac{1 - p}{p}
    What are the odds of winning in this game?
    The odds of rolling a six are one in five, or 1 / 5.
  2. (countable), (informal) The odds of something happening is the chance it will happen.
    I don't like the odds here.
    The odds of rolling a six are one in six, or 1 / 6.

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