math·​e·​mat·​i·​cal | \ ˌmath-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce mathematical (audio) , ˌma-thə- \
variants: or less commonly mathematic \ ˌmath-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce mathematic (audio) , ˌma-​thə-​ \

Definition of mathematical

1 : of, relating to, or according with mathematics
2a : rigorously exact : precise
3 : possible but highly improbable only a mathematical chance

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Other Words from mathematical

mathematically \ ˌmath-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mathematically (audio) , ˌma-​thə-​ \ adverb

Examples of mathematical in a Sentence

They recorded the changes with mathematical precision. The team has only a mathematical chance of making the play-offs.
Recent Examples on the Web So the Raiders would also need one team from the Patriots, Lions, Chargers or Bears to win Sunday to secure their mathematical edge. Matt Kawahara,, "Gruden: Raiders ‘can’t control’ playoff scenarios, focused on Denver," 23 Dec. 2019 In order to work, the user has to be able to specify the fairness constraint — for instance that men and women have equal opportunity to be approved for a bank loan—in a formal, mathematical way. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "The Emerging Disconnect Between Business and Academic Interests in A.I.," 17 Dec. 2019 But physicists find that this interaction can proceed in three different ways, and that mathematical terms related to the three different options perfectly conspire to cancel out the infinities, which permits a solution. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Laws of Physics Are Inevitable," 9 Dec. 2019 The advantage in educational levels shows up clearly when growth in computer and mathematical occupations in the Madison and metro Milwaukee areas are compared. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's job market has shifted since Great Recession," 2 Dec. 2019 Expect gonzo adventure and cutting-edge mathematical ideas, plus a literal million-mile road trip. Washington Post, "The best science fiction and fantasy of 2019," 21 Nov. 2019 This is not proof beyond all possible doubt or to a mathematical certainty. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "Why the House impeachment standard would never survive the criminal justice system," 19 Dec. 2019 For computers to understand more complicated mathematical expressions, Lample and Charton used trees to bridge the gap between math that computers can understand and expressions that make more sense to humans, like exponents. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook's Neural Net Can Solve This Differential Equation in One Second," 18 Dec. 2019 Careful mathematical reasoning is required to exit each battlefield, and the clever design is softened by Ward’s whimsy. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, "The Best Video Games of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mathematical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mathematical

Middle English mathematicalle, from Latin mathematicus, from Greek mathēmatikos, from mathēmat-, mathēma learning, mathematics, from manthanein to learn; probably akin to Goth mundon to pay attention

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9 Jan 2020

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“Mathematical.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mathematical

: of, relating to, or involving mathematics
: very exact or complete
: possible but very unlikely


math·​e·​mat·​i·​cal | \ ˌma-thə-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce mathematical (audio) \

Kids Definition of mathematical

1 : of or relating to numbers, quantities, measurements, and the relations between them : of or relating to mathematics
2 : exact entry 1 mathematical precision

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mathematically adverb

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