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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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 Half the world’s children leave school without basic literacy and mathematical skills. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize," 14 Oct. 2019 The question a mathematical modeling doctoral student Juliette Daily and Professor Matthew Hoffman wanted to answer now was where that plastic ended up. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Rochester Institute of Technology estimates 381 tons of plastic in Lake Erie -- most of it on the bottom," 9 May 2020 Chanin, the attorney, said many of Warshaw’s findings of backsliding were based on mathematical calculations. Megan Cassidy,, "Ouster of Oakland chief inflames tensions over police monitor," 3 Mar. 2020 In 1991, Thorne did some mathematical calculations and found that such paradoxes couldn’t arise, but were instead replaced by an infinite number of other potential outcomes. Stav Dimitropoulos, Popular Mechanics, "Could These Crystals Help Us Travel Through Time?," 11 Feb. 2020 Professor Albert Einstein, famous scientist who sought refuge in England from Nazi persecution, is working out new intricate mathematical problems at the holiday camp of Commander Oliver L. Lampson, near Cromer. Andrew Robinson, Time, "'I Shall Never Forget the Kindness.' How England Helped Albert Einstein Escape Nazi Germany," 1 Oct. 2019 The researchers were able to use a quantum computer to perform this complex mathematical calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds, according to the paper. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "What Is Quantum Supremacy, and Why Is It Such a Computing Milestone?," 20 Sep. 2019 The process of generating, or mining, a bitcoin involves solving a series of complex mathematical problems, which takes a lot of computing power. CBS News, "Bitcoin emits as much carbon as Las Vegas, researchers say," 13 June 2019 Crypto mining is a process that involves solving complex mathematical problems to validate transactions made with digital currency such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Ethereum. Madeleine Rivera, Fox News, "Large-scale crypto mining operation launched in Lone Star State," 20 Aug. 2018

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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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“Mathematical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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

Other Words from mathematical

mathematically adverb

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