noun, plural in form but singular in construction
com·​bi·​na·​tor·​ics | \ ˌkäm-bə-nə-ˈtȯr-iks How to pronounce combinatorics (audio) , -ˈtär-, kəm-ˌbī-nə-, -(ˌ)bi- \

Definition of combinatorics

: combinatorial mathematics

Examples of combinatorics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On May 19, Ashwin Sah posted the best result ever on one of the most important questions in combinatorics. Quanta Magazine, "Undergraduate Math Student Pushes Frontier of Graph Theory," 30 Nov. 2020 The Erdos-Turan conjecture in additive combinatorics is one of the longest lasting unsolved problems. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Mathematicians Solve Part of the Weirdest Open Problem Ever," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of combinatorics

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Combinatorics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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