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
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 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.

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The results — based on a mathematical equation — were black and white, pass or fail. San Diego Union-Tribune, "It took decades, but football helmet testing is becoming more sophisticated," 5 July 2019 The Twins crossed the mathematical halfway point of the season while in Chicago over the weekend. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Halfway home, Twins in the driver’s seat," 1 July 2019 His designs highlighting the relationship between negative and positive space are based on mathematical considerations. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Two new books will transform your everyday understanding of math," 17 June 2019 So too do this year’s mathematical Tony predictions, ranging from carefree blowouts with obvious frontrunners to nerve-wracking races with single-digit percentage leaders. Ben Zauzmer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Awards: Predicting the Musical Winners Using Math," 7 June 2019 More sophisticated mathematical approaches to the data suggested the apparent difference in 2D:4D ratios between the sexes is merely a function of men's larger hands. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health," 6 June 2019 Most attribute Neptune's discovery to mathematical mastery in the 1800s. National Geographic, "Neptune, explained," 28 Mar. 2019 With colleagues, Oermann developed a mathematical model for detecting patterns consistent with pneumonia and trained it with x-rays from patients at Mount Sinai. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Artificial intelligence could revolutionize medical care. But don’t trust it to read your x-ray just yet," 17 June 2019 Over the last half-century mathematicians have been searching for mathematical models that bear it out. Quanta Magazine, "Universal Pattern Explains Why Materials Conduct," 6 May 2019

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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 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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mathematically adverb

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