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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In a cruel self-fulfilling twist on the Middle Child Syndrome, statistics show that a family’s ideal size has shrunk to two kids, leaving the middleborns to go the way of the mastadon. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "Losing the Middle Ground," 13 July 2018 But what the statistics can't show is how perceptions shape who applies for admission. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 In the month of June alone, investigators approached 92 people in Sacramento and issued eight citations, statistics show. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Disabled placard violations soar in California. Here's where scofflaws were targeted," 6 July 2018 However, statistics from June show the number of families that customs officers were able to process decreased significantly, compared with the month before. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "More families arrived at Arizona border in June despite separation threat," 6 July 2018 For the week through Tuesday, 227 U.S. records were broken for highest temperature for particular days, and another 157 were tied, federal statistics show. Washington Post, "Temps rise, records fall: Things to know about the heat wave," 5 July 2018 Trump highlighted FoxConn’s investment in the United States as statistics show an overall decline in the purchase or construction of factories and facilities in America by foreign companies., "In Wisconsin, Trump highlights economic policies," 28 June 2018 Jump statistics show that in San Francisco, electric bikes in the company’s dockless fleet are ridden an average of nine times a day. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why electric bikes can provide a big jolt to bikeshare systems," 28 June 2018 Since then, statistics show the number of vehicles impounded has dropped annually, from 2,672 in 2010 to 1,212 in 2017. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin council to discuss reducing vehicle impound fees for some offenses," 27 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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