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approximation

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noun ap·prox·i·ma·tion \ə-ˌpräk-sə-ˈmā-shən\

Simple Definition of approximation

  • : an amount, figure, etc., that is almost correct and is not intended to be exact : an approximate amount, figure, etc.

  • : something that is similar to something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of approximation

  1. 1 :  the act or process of drawing together

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being close or near <an approximation to the truth> <an approximation of justice>

  3. 3 :  something that is approximate; especially :  a mathematical quantity that is close in value to but not the same as a desired quantity

approximative

play \-ˈpräk-sə-ˌmā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of approximation in a sentence

  1. This isn't an exact figure but I think it's a good approximation of what the land is worth.

  2. The color of the paint isn't the exact same color as the vase, but it's a close approximation.



15th Century

First Known Use of approximation

15th century


APPROXIMATION Defined for Kids

approximation

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noun ap·prox·i·ma·tion \ə-ˌpräk-sə-ˈmā-shən\

Definition of approximation for Students

  1. 1 :  an estimate or figure that is not intended to be exact

  2. 2 :  an act or the result of coming near or close <The color isn't exactly the same, but it's a close approximation.>





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