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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The global report gathers up all the data on what pinners are pinning, and according to their statistics, purple eyeshadow is officially popular. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Purple Eyeshadow Is Trending on Pinterest," 21 Aug. 2018 Sometimes as a professional athlete, people try to define you by your last game or your statistics. Abby Haglage,, "4 Black Girls With Big Dreams & The 4 Women Living Them," 13 July 2018 His statistics for goals and assists are slightly disappointing, but his impact on his team is the most important thing, and that is what Loftus-Cheek brings., "Why Ruben Loftus-Cheek Will Make it at Chelsea Following Breakout Season at Crystal Palace," 12 July 2018 Rodriguez's attack comes after the Department of Justice released its recent hate crime statistics, reported by KCRA. Deanna Paul,, "California woman beats a 91-year-old Mexican man with a brick, tells him to ‘go back to your country’," 11 July 2018 Rodriguez's attack comes after the Department of Justice released its recent hate crime statistics, reported by KCRA. Deanna Paul,, "A 91-year-old Mexican man beaten with a brick, told to 'go back to your country'," 10 July 2018 Despite his impressive statistics, Muncy was not named to the NL All-Star team. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Dodgers' Max Muncy to participate in All-Star Home Run Derby," 9 July 2018 Compared to May of last year, the magazine's 2018 web audience grew by an eye-popping 307 percent and 649 percent, respectively, according the Association of Magazine Media, which released its latest monthly audience statistics on Tuesday. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "The royal wedding goosed Town & Country — Vanity Fair... not so much," 4 July 2018 Here are his advanced season statistics, followed by the league average. Matthew Defranks,, "Searching for answers on Brian Anderson's superb season for the Marlins," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of statistic

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for statistic

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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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