nu·​mer·​i·​cal | \ nu̇-ˈmer-i-kəl How to pronounce numerical (audio) , nyu̇-\

Definition of numerical

1 : of or relating to numbers the numerical superiority of the enemy
2 : expressed in or involving numbers or a number system numerical standing in a class a numerical code

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Other Words from numerical

numerically \ nu̇-​ˈmer-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce numerically (audio) , nyu̇-​ \ adverb

Examples of numerical in a Sentence

The files are organized according to a numerical system. The files are in numerical order.

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According to Mathias, the brand developed the shades by using the Fitzpatrick scale, the leading numerical classification system for skin types and tones used by dermatologists, to determine the distribution. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Perricone MD Is Relaunching Its Beloved "No Makeup Makeup" Collection," 15 Mar. 2019 The school said race has no numerical weight at any point in the review. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "UNC Defends Admissions Policies in Suit Alleging Unfair Racial Preferences," 18 Jan. 2019 Here is a real numerical calculation to show you how this works. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Try Out This Physics Problem With a Baseball and a Neighbor," 6 July 2018 Some statistics are quantifiable and easy enough to collect — turnover of employees, retention rates, and the meeting of sales goals by employees are simple numerical data that make sense. Eric Titner, USA TODAY, "Job hunting: The importance and difficulty of measuring quality of hire," 28 Mar. 2018 Some of the photographs showed a man in front of a building holding an envelope with a numerical code. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Silk Road’s alleged hitman, “redandwhite,” arrested in Vancouver," 21 Nov. 2018 Physical therapists do our best to quantify pain, with numerical scales and questionnaires about how much pain affects function, such as the popular 0-10 pain scale. SELF, "How to Know When It’s Safe to Run Through Knee Pain and When You Need to Stop," 7 Dec. 2018 This was a gentle test of an unnerving theory: that the barest exposure to the concept that whites were losing their numerical majority in America would not just make whites feel afraid but sharply change their political behavior. Ezra Klein, Vox, "White threat in a browning America," 30 July 2018 Should both Democrats win, the theory is the party has a numerical majority. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Here's exactly how much trouble Cynthia Nixon can cause for Andrew Cuomo," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of numerical

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for numerical

Latin numerus

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English Language Learners Definition of numerical

: of or relating to numbers or a system of numbers


nu·​mer·​i·​cal | \ nu̇-ˈmer-i-kəl How to pronounce numerical (audio) , nyu̇-\

Kids Definition of numerical

: of or relating to numbers : stated in numbers numerical order

Other Words from numerical

numerically adverb

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