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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Dot, who will rock a polka-dot frock but lacks her predecessor's mania for circles, is brainy and mathematical (and black here). Robert Lloyd,, "Netflix’s clever ‘Harvey Street Kids’ revives classic comics with modern-day fun," 28 June 2018 San Jose provided the highest amount of disposable income for people working in the fields of architecture and engineering, business and financial operations, computer and mathematical, legal, and management. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Which city’s health workers boast highest disposable income? Hint: It’s a capital," 28 June 2018 The report also looked at jobs in these industries – computer and mathematical, community and social service, business and financial and construction and extraction. William Thornton,, "Birmingham-Hoover No. 1 for healthcare jobs in U.S., study says," 25 Jan. 2018 If not, candidates are eliminated one by one and their remaining votes reallocated in what amounts to a mathematical game of survival. CBS News, "What does ranked-choice voting mean for voters in Maine?," 13 June 2018 If not, candidates are eliminated one by one and their remaining votes reallocated in what amounts to a mathematical game of survival. Washington Post, "AP EXPLAINS: What does ranked-choice voting mean for Maine?," 12 June 2018 If not, candidates are eliminated one by one and their remaining votes reallocated in what amounts to a mathematical game of survival. David Sharp, The Christian Science Monitor, "New ranked voting system to be used in Maine primaries," 8 June 2018 Black and Latino graduates with computer and mathematical science degrees, for instance, are much more likely than their white peers to be unemployed or working in unrelated jobs, according to 2013 data from the National Science Foundation. Bloomberg,, "A coding school and Boys & Girls Clubs tackle tech's diversity problem: How do you make the industry less white?," 23 Mar. 2018 The famous ancient site at Stonehenge may have been built using Greek philosopher Pythagoras’ famous theorem two millennia before the mathematical equation was developed, experts say. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stonehenge secret: Did builders use Pythagoras' theorem 2,000 years before the philosopher lived?," 21 June 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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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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