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 mathematical (audio) , ˌma-​thə-​ \

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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mathematically \ ˌmath-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mathematical (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 Economists, meanwhile, were becoming increasingly enamored with elegant mathematical models that ignored politics, institutions and history. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 This is the world of confidence intervals, of mathematical models and curves, of uncertainty principles. Adam Rogers, Wired, 28 May 2021 To be clear though, the data provided by experiments is critical for informing mathematical models. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 27 May 2021 There are mathematical models that suggest that is a way to do that. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 But to understand how and why has come down to a group of extraordinary experts trading complex mathematical arguments. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 26 Nov. 2020 The computer might be comparably competent at identifying cats with each model, but be identifying them using subtly different mathematical arguments. Sophia Chen, Wired, 22 Sep. 2020 Engineers will have to run multiple mathematical models to assess exactly how damaged the bridge is before mapping out a repair plan, Degges said. NBC News, 13 May 2021 From mathematical models to field studies, researchers tend to think that workers submit resumes to open positions. Hbs Working Knowledge, Forbes, 7 May 2021

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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 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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