mono·​ton·​ic ˌmä-nə-ˈtä-nik How to pronounce monotonic (audio)
: characterized by the use of or uttered in a monotone
She recited the poem in a monotonic voice.
: having the property either of never increasing or of never decreasing as the values of the independent variable or the subscripts of the terms increase
monotonically adverb
monotonicity noun

Examples of monotonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this way history is not monotonic. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 14 May 2011 Contra earlier models there isn't a monotonic decrease in the rate of adaptation as a function of complexity, but rather an increase until to an equipoise, before a subsequent decrease. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2010 Two survey studies found that people believe there is a linear and nearly monotonic relationship between talent and performance: Participants expected that more talent improves performance and that this relationship never turns negative. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 9 July 2014 This curve shows a qualitatively non-monotonic pattern, which motivated us to perform a quadratic regression fitted within the bootstrapping framework. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2010 Delivered in a monotonic, almost spooky deadpan, the track has the feeling of poetry or performance art. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2022 What is being mourned isn't exactly the paper, but the possibility of its existence in this city that prided itself for its witty discretions - now replaced by a monotonic, absolute drone. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 24 June 2021 Gupta embeds those monotonic relationships in sprawling databases called interpolated lookup tables. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 6 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of monotonic was in 1797

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“Monotonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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