math·​e·​mat·​i·​cal | \ ˌmath-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce mathematical (audio) , ˌma-thə- \
variants: or less commonly mathematic \ ˌmath-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce mathematical (audio) , ˌma-​thə-​ \

Definition of mathematical

1 : of, relating to, or according with mathematics
2a : rigorously exact : precise
b : certain
3 : possible but highly improbable only a mathematical chance

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mathematically \ ˌmath-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mathematical (audio) , ˌma-​thə-​ \ adverb

Examples of mathematical in a Sentence

They recorded the changes with mathematical precision. The team has only a mathematical chance of making the play-offs.
Recent Examples on the Web Other mathematical models suggest that this third wave could peak around October or November, which constitutes the hectic festival season in India. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 30 Aug. 2021 Different studies yield different results, depending on the statistics and assumptions researchers plug into their mathematical models., 25 Aug. 2021 Aside from removal efforts, the findings from Good Harbor can help contribute to the development of mathematical models to play out future scenarios. Morgan Greene,, 30 July 2021 Determining the appropriate length of any felony sentence is not a mathematical calculation. NBC News, 25 June 2021 Lightmatter’s chip, by contrast, is designed to perform only a specific kind of mathematical calculation that is critical to running powerful AI programs. Will Knight, Wired, 10 Mar. 2021 Just on a mathematical level, there are only so many rookies who can see an elimination at this point! Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 3 Sep. 2021 However, an underwriter who already has mathematical and analytical acumen will only need programming and AI and ML training. Sameer Maskey, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 This mathematical relationship describes how businesses use capital and labor to produce their goods or services. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, The Conversation, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of mathematical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mathematical

Middle English mathematicalle, from Latin mathematicus, from Greek mathēmatikos, from mathēmat-, mathēma learning, mathematics, from manthanein to learn; probably akin to Goth mundon to pay attention

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English Language Learners Definition of mathematical

: of, relating to, or involving mathematics
: very exact or complete
: possible but very unlikely


math·​e·​mat·​i·​cal | \ ˌma-thə-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce mathematical (audio) \

Kids Definition of mathematical

1 : of or relating to numbers, quantities, measurements, and the relations between them : of or relating to mathematics
2 : exact entry 1 mathematical precision

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