nu·​mer·​i·​cal | \nu̇-ˈmer-i-kəl, 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, 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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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 There was no numerical quota on a western-hemisphere country until 1965. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Comment Echoes a Century of American Immigration Policy," 12 Jan. 2018 This time around, with Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, the fifth vote to overturn Roe has just become a numerical possibility. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Abortion, Roe—and Trump," 2 July 2018 But Democratic problems in the nomination battle extend beyond the GOP’s numerical advantage in the Senate. John Wildermuth,, "Will Dems ‘gum up the works’ to try to block a Trump Supreme Court pick?," 28 June 2018 And that suggested the bees get the idea of more and fewer, of a numerical series in which one is closer to zero than five. James Gorman, New York Times, "Do Bees Know Nothing?," 7 June 2018 But that implicitly assumes that the scene is simple enough that it can be represented with a relatively small number of numerical values. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI," 29 June 2018 That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, an homage to pot’s enduring appeal and universal slang for smoking. Washington Post, "Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana," 20 Apr. 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, 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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