1. The act or process of replacing or of being replaced: a knee replacement; replacement of the furnace.
2. One that replaces another: The retiring manager's replacement will start next month. The company sent a replacement for the damaged item.
3. Statistics The act of returning each item that has been selected in a subset from a group before making another selection.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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