# rule of three

rule of threeMath. the method of finding the fourth term of a proportion when three terms are given: the product of the first and last terms is equal to the product of the second and third

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## rule-of-three

Proper noun

- (mathematics education) A rule stating that, if two ratios are equal, then the denominator of the second equals its numerator times the reciprocal of the first ratio: if then .
- (medicine) A rule for clinical trials used for determining the rate of adverse side effects when no such side effects present during the course of the trial.
- (writing, rhetoric) A rule which states that things which come in groups of three are inherently funnier or more effective than things which come in groups of other sizes.
- (religion, Wicca) A religious tenet stating that whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times.

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