sta·​tis·​ti·​cal stə-ˈti-sti-kəl How to pronounce statistical (audio)
: of, relating to, based on, or employing the principles of statistics
statistical analysis
statistically adverb

Examples of statistical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An unusual public dispute has erupted among leading maternal health experts over whether the striking rise of U.S. maternal mortality rates over the past two decades was the real deal — or a statistical mirage. Robin Fields, ProPublica, 5 Apr. 2024 But the sudden rise in global temperatures went far beyond what statistical climate models had predicted. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The evidence, the data and statistical evidence in Georgia shows that the people waiting in line are overwhelmingly Black voters. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2024 In 1984, Palmer and Thorn came out with their first book together, The Hidden Game of Baseball, which later statisticians credited with inspiring much of the ensuing statistical revolution by creating sophisticated new ways to measure player performance. Frederic J. Frommer, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2024 Factoring in a bevy of such statistical likelihoods, GiveWell now finds that $4,500 will save one person. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 The state grew by nearly 26,000 people between July 2022 and July 2023, and much of that growth was in the Boise metropolitan statistical area, which includes Ada, Canyon, Owyhee, Boise and Gem counties. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 26 Mar. 2024 Bad habits travel together The research team conducted a statistical analysis called Mendelian randomization, which uses genetic differences to study how behaviors or environments lead to different health outcomes. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 In Australia, Pink punches in the heavyweight class in every statistical category. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of statistical was in 1784

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“Statistical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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