statistic

noun
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 Another statistic from the November 2018 election bodes well for Tuberville, Hughes said. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Tuberville sticking with what works in Alabama: He’s with Trump," 6 Oct. 2020 Courtesy of Author Around one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and each is so much more than a statistic. Kai Mcgee, Marie Claire, "A Devastating Choice: Deciding Between a Lumpectomy or Mastectomy," 5 Oct. 2020 In March, as coronavirus widened its global sweep, one health statistic quickly flattened: influenza cases. Katie Peek, Scientific American, "Flu Season Never Came to the Southern Hemisphere," 30 Sep. 2020 One death is a tragedy, millions of deaths are a statistic. Dallas News, "Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million," 29 Sep. 2020 One death is a tragedy, millions of deaths are a statistic. Adam Geller, Anchorage Daily News, "Official worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million," 29 Sep. 2020 One death is a tragedy, millions of deaths are a statistic. Adam Geller And Rishabh R. Jain, The Christian Science Monitor, "1 million deaths from coronavirus: 'It's not just a number'," 29 Sep. 2020 One death is a tragedy, millions of deaths are a statistic. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million," 29 Sep. 2020 The one statistic that has yet to turn in the wrong direction, thankfully, is deaths. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Week America Lost Control of the Pandemic," 3 July 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Statistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statistic. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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statistic

noun
How to pronounce statistic (audio)

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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