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 numerical (audio) , nyu̇-​ \ adverb

Examples of numerical in a Sentence

The files are organized according to a numerical system. The files are in numerical order.
Recent Examples on the Web The researchers found a numerical correlation between parents being full-time, nonremote workers and choosing in-person school. Amanda Blanco,, 12 Sep. 2021 Those numerical scores determine how much money an organization is eligible to receive. Matthew J. Palm,, 10 Sep. 2021 With Democrats’ vast numerical advantage, Newsom supporters are confident of victory if enough Democrats bother to vote. Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2021 An IP address is a unique numerical address, such as, that identifies a device’s (general) geographical location on the Internet. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2021 Los Angeles bagels are not subject to numerical valuation. Joanna Bradle, The New Yorker, 26 Aug. 2021 The overall and racial-hiring grades were down slightly from last season (A-minus and A-plus respectively), while numerical scores in all three major categories fell slightly., 25 Aug. 2021 Now researchers are exploring other kinds of numerical tasks. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 15 Aug. 2021 The new sound system allows the 100-seat Timucua hall to acoustically duplicate the best environment for a genre of music with a few taps on a numerical keypad. Matthew J. Palm,, 27 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of numerical was in 1628

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15 Sep 2021

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“Numerical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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