cardinality

noun
car·​di·​nal·​i·​ty | \ ˌkär-də-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce cardinality (audio) \
plural cardinalities

Definition of cardinality

: the number of elements in a given mathematical set

First Known Use of cardinality

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cardinality

cardinal entry 1 + -ity

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“Cardinality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cardinality. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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