mathematical

adjective math·e·mat·i·cal \ ˌmath-ˈma-ti-kəl , ˌma-thə- \
variants: or less commonly mathematic play \-tik\
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of mathematical

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

mathematically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of mathematical in a Sentence

  1. They recorded the changes with mathematical precision.

  2. The team has only a mathematical chance of making the play-offs.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


MATHEMATICAL Defined for English Language Learners

mathematical

adjective

Definition of mathematical for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or involving mathematics

  • : very exact or complete

  • : possible but very unlikely


MATHEMATICAL Defined for Kids

mathematical

adjective math·e·mat·i·cal \ ˌma-thə-ˈma-ti-kəl \

Definition of mathematical for Students

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

mathematically

adverb


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