pri·​mal·​i·​ty | \ prī-ˈma-lə-tē How to pronounce primality (audio) \

Definition of primality

: the property of being a prime number

Examples of primality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finding prime numbers is well-studied, and in this case Gedanke used a method called Baillie-PSW primality testing. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, "The Emerging Art of Drawing in Prime Numbers," 9 Aug. 2019 As numbers get bigger, the list of numbers that could divide them grows longer — there are more ways primality can fail in big numbers than in small numbers. Quanta Magazine, "In the Universe of Equations, Virtually All Are Prime," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of primality

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primality

prime entry 2 + -al entry 1+ -ity

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The first known use of primality was in 1908

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“Primality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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