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 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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The leak centers on Sony's recent My PS4 Life promotion, which lets users generate a personalized statistics video for their PSN Gamertag. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony inadvertently leaks player counts for PS4 titles," 17 Dec. 2018 The economy grew by 2.2 percent in the third quarter of 2018, the state statistics agency said, meaning the recession recorded earlier this year has ended. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "South Africa power cuts hurt economy even as recession ends," 4 Dec. 2018 Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students a statistic that local universities have experienced firsthand in recent years. Aneri Pattani,, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 As many as 20 percent of Yoro's 90,000 residents have gone to the United States, according to a rough estimate from city officials, though there are no official statistics. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "U.S. immigration hard-line spurs some would-be migrants in Honduras to think twice," 8 July 2018 NCARB Women represent 43 percent of new NCARB record holders—a statistic that reflects the demographics of young professionals—which remains the same as last year. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Diversity in architecture is improving—sort of," 25 June 2018 That decision resulted in him becoming a statistic — one of the more than 13,000 Palestinians protesters injured near the barrier since March 30. NBC News, "Why Palestinians risk their lives to protest near Gaza-Israel fence," 21 June 2018 But a truly crazy statistic surfaced later, courtesy of the Inside Edge sports analytics company. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Phillies 4, Brewers 3: Sloppy fifth inning proves costly as Brewers are denied a sweep," 10 June 2018 That’s more than just a statistic to Diego Galicia. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s food pros react to the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death," 8 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.)
: a type of mathematics that deals with the study of statistics

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