Definition of approximation
1 : the act or process of drawing together
2 : the quality or state of being close or near an approximation to the truth an approximation of justice
3 : something that is approximate; especially : a mathematical quantity that is close in value to but not the same as a desired quantity
approximativeplay \-ˈpräk-sə-ˌmā-tiv\ adjective
Examples of approximation in a Sentence
This isn't an exact figure but I think it's a good approximation of what the land is worth.
The color of the paint isn't the exact same color as the vase, but it's a close approximation.
Recent Examples of approximation from the Web
Analysts predict that the amount passengers pay per mile, a rough approximation of average fares, will rise around 3 percent over last summer.
A real-life literary couple gets a fictional wedding, courtesy of the playwright and director Edward Einhorn, who maps Stein and Toklas’s relationship in an approximation of Stein’s swirling, repetitious prose style.
People are also required to get a receipt from the charity, so generous approximations are no longer valid.
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First Known Use of approximation
APPROXIMATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of approximation for English Language Learners
: 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
APPROXIMATION Defined for Kids
Definition of approximation for Students
1 : an estimate or figure that is not intended to be exact
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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