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.
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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