sta·​tis·​tic stə-ˈti-stik How to pronounce statistic (audio)
: a single term or datum in a collection of statistics
: a quantity (such as the mean of a sample) that is computed from a sample
specifically : estimate sense 1b
: a random variable that takes on the possible values of a statistic

Examples of statistic in a Sentence

One statistic that stuck out is that 40 percent of those surveyed did not have college degrees.
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Word History


singular of statistics

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of statistic was in 1817

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“Statistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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sta·​tis·​tic stə-ˈtis-tik How to pronounce statistic (audio)
: a single item of information in a statistical collection

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