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

Other Words from mathematical

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 His thesis presented a mathematical model for an Italian Renaissance city state. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 Making connections is almost mathematical—an act of analysis, or logic. Kathy Caprino, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Their newest work, a mathematical proof, takes the collaboration to a new extreme: a realm where shapes collapse after being scored with infinitely many creases. Quanta Magazine, 4 Apr. 2022 The pies were a culinary tool to preach to the students the significance of 3.14 – the mathematical proof also known as Pi and π that is defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Edward Lee,, 14 Mar. 2022 The primary answer, of course, is extremely mathematical. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 24 Jan. 2022 MobileCoin also uses a form of mathematical proof known as Bulletproofs that can guarantee a transaction has occurred without revealing its value. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 6 Jan. 2022 Students learn in geometry that a mathematical proof has three simple ingredients: definitions, axioms, and deductions. Dan Rockmore, The New York Review of Books, 5 Jan. 2022 Westerners define logic as being mathematical, precise, as having certain kinds of knowledge. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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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

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