math·​e·​mat·​i·​cal | \ˌmath-ˈma-ti-kəl, ˌma-thə-\
variants: or less commonly mathematic \-​tik \

Definition of mathematical 

1 : of, relating to, or according with mathematics

2a : rigorously exact : precise

b : certain

3 : possible but highly improbable only a mathematical chance

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Other Words from mathematical

mathematically \-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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.

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Cons: Relying on a mathematical model requires researchers to make assumptions. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 In this latest paper, physicists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have devised a new mathematical model, based on the idea of nucleation. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Weird water phase “ice-VII” can grow as fast as 1,000 miles per hour," 24 Oct. 2018 Heading into the shootout, there is a strong first-mover advantage for kickers, according to mathematical models and observations. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World Cup shootouts: why the team that goes first usually wins," 11 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter The main problem is mathematical. The Economist, "A new type of battlefield network is in development," 14 June 2018 Computers are fundamentally mathematical, as is biotechnology. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "A Family in History," 22 Jan. 2018 There’s only one signature on the bottom right corner of the painting: The mathematical equation for the algorithm itself. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "AI-produced artwork is moving from the fringes into the high art world," 25 Sep. 2018 The same can be done for mathematical equations that include numbers, symbols, and formulas. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo ditches halo keyboard for E-ink slab in new $999 Yoga Book," 30 Aug. 2018 Canadian winners will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill testing question as a condition of receiving the prize. The Editors At House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "Official Rules for the House Beautiful Decorate with Blue Sweepstakes," 27 June 2011

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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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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 \

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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