sta·​tis·​tics | \ stə-ˈti-stiks How to pronounce statistics (audio) \

Definition of statistics

1 : a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of masses of numerical data
2 : a collection of quantitative data

First Known Use of statistics

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for statistics

German Statistik study of political facts and figures, from New Latin statisticus of politics, from Latin status state

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