numerical

adjective
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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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 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

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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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numerical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of numerical

: of or relating to numbers or a system of numbers

numerical

adjective
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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