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

First Known Use of combinatorics

1941, in the meaning defined above

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