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

Examples of statistics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the number of non-serialized weapons was the highest in at least five years over those initial months, the guns were among the roughly 5,300 total firearms confiscated by Chicago cops over that period last year, statistics show. Clare Spaulding, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 There have been more than 520 shooting victims in the city so far this year, the NYPD statistics show. Kiely Westhoff And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 17 May 2022 New breast cancer cases reported in Connecticut in 2018 totaled 122.5 per 100,000 Black women and 136.4 per 100,000 white women, the CDC statistics show. Peggy Mccarthy, Hartford Courant, 17 May 2022 The share of women giving birth at a health facility in Sierra Leone jumped from 25 percent in 2008 to 54 percent in 2013 to 83 percent in 2019, national statistics show. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 But the reality is much lower – as the average starting salary is actually about half that at $55,260, statistics show. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Total crime year-to-date as of May 1 remained high compared to the same time in 2021, with a 41.6% increase, the NYPD’s latest crime statistics show. Fox News, 5 May 2022 Women make less than their male colleagues in nearly all fields, with a few exceptions in areas like social work done in health care settings, federal statistics show. CBS News, 28 Apr. 2022 Renacci’s campaign has spent about $800,000 on ads as of Thursday, the majority of which ran on cable TV networks, Medium Buying statistics show. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Statistics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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