sta·tis·tic | \stə-ˈti-stik \

Definition of statistic 

1 : a single term or datum in a collection of statistics

2a : a quantity (such as the mean of a sample) that is computed from a sample specifically : estimate sense 3b

b : 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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Lake Forest point guard Halle Douglass cannot be evaluated on statistics alone. Bob Narang,, "Lake Forest's Halle Douglass gains confidence heading into junior season," 7 July 2018 Haley pushed back in Thursday’s letter, arguing that the administration had created a strong economy that would lift people out of poverty and that Alston’s report was premised on misleading statistics. Jeff Stein,, "‘Ridiculous’ for UN to examine poverty in America, says top Trump administration official," 22 June 2018 YouTube executives have minimized the threat from rivals, citing statistics about the growing number of people who make a living on the site. Lucas Shaw,, "YouTube Is Offering a Talent Option to Sell Subscriptions," 22 June 2018 Sacramento Police Department spokesman Eddie Macaulay said that Elkarra's incident didn't involve a crime (and is therefore not in the statistics reported by the Department of Justice), but the department investigated it anyway. Anita Chabria And Michael Finch Ii, sacbee, "Hate crimes in Sacramento County have increased by 66 percent since 2014," 12 July 2018 In fact, statistics that show Mexico has experienced the sour taste of defeat more than any other member of the FIFA global family is not a tale of failure, but actually a story of significant and historical success. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why Mexico is the World Cup's biggest loser despite sterling start in Russia," 21 June 2018 Luck and injuries play a large part in statistics falling short. Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018 But the tale of Miroslav Klose has been told in statistics, not in the loving tributes reserved for some of his more stylish contemporaries., "World Cup Countdown: 1 Day to Go - Germany's Mild-Mannered Goal Machine, Miroslav Klose," 13 June 2018 In statistics compiled by the U.S. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association, Indianapolis is tied for 12th among cities sending the most athletes to the NCAAs. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "After close miss, Georgia counting on Lynna Irby for NCAA track team title," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of statistic

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for statistic

singular of statistics

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English Language Learners Definition of statistic

: a number that represents a piece of information (such as information about how often something is done, how common something is, etc.)

statistics : a type of mathematics that deals with the study of statistics

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