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existential crisis

1. in existentialism, a crucial stage or turning point at which an individual is faced with finding meaning and purpose in life and taking responsibility for his or her choices. See existential neurosis; existential vacuum.

2. more generally, any psychological or moral crisis that causes an individual to ask fundamental questions about human existence.

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March 2nd 2024

ascertainment bias

ascertainment bias

error in selecting individuals or units for a sample, such that those units selected are not representative of the relevant population. For example, a medical researcher who studies a sample of patients that omits certain types of people who have the disorder of interest is likely to obtain results having an ascertainment bias. The term is often preferred over sampling bias in clinical contexts.