sta·​tis·​tic | \ stə-ˈti-stik How to pronounce statistic (audio) \

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 1b
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.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s the best mark in the Pac-12 and the lowest rate per game since the NCAA started tracking the statistic in 2004. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2021 This marked the beginning of a long, influential life for the statistic. Kelso Harper, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2021 The most headline-grabbing statistic coming out of COP26 is probably the $130 trillion of climate finance committed to net zero, by Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ). Bonnie Chiu, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 In the week leading up to Tuesday’s election, the Austin police department announced the city has experienced its 75th homicide of 2021, the highest number since at least 1960, the year police began tracking the statistic. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 3 Nov. 2021 The historical statistic can be traced to an impressive 2007 scholarly article published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management. WSJ, 1 Nov. 2021 Another important statistic is, over 50% of Black Teachers are products of HBCUs as well. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 20 Oct. 2021 But perhaps the most revealing statistic is one that mirrors the deep economic inequality the pandemic unmasked., 15 Oct. 2021 While New Mexico averaged 30 points a game in morale-boosting victories over Houston Baptist and New Mexico State, the statistic was misleading due to the level of competition. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2021

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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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The first known use of statistic was in 1817

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25 Nov 2021

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“Statistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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

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