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[math-uh-mat-i-kuh l] /ˌmæθ əˈmæt ɪ kəl/
of, relating to, or of the nature of mathematics:
mathematical truth.
employed in the operations of mathematics:
mathematical instruments.
having the exactness, precision, or certainty of mathematics.
Also, mathematic.
Origin of mathematical
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin mathēmatic(us) pertaining to mathematics + -al1
Related forms
mathematically, adverb
nonmathematic, adjective
nonmathematical, adjective
nonmathematically, adverb
semimathematical, adjective
semimathematically, adverb
supermathematical, adjective
supermathematically, adverb
unmathematical, adjective
unmathematically, adverb
3. exact, precise, meticulous, rigorous. Unabridged
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  • We could not go back into the mathematic lesson because we had been crying such a lot.

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  • All the mathematic sharps in the colleges have told us gamblers the same thing.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • For instance, let us take Lie's "transformation groups," mathematic contrivances used in the solution of certain theorems.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • The mathematic Master was a lamb—so keen, and humorous, and just—a rageur at times, but that was only to be expected.

    A College Girl Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • But in the charm and mental movement produced by Music, mathematic has certainly not the slightest share.

  • mathematic form is eternal in the reasoning memory; living form is eternal existence.

  • Science strives to express itself in mathematic terms, and this paper is written with that end in view.

    Food in War Time Graham Lusk
  • The time which is, contracts into a mathematic point; and even that point perishes a thousand times before we can utter its birth.

  • Yet sincere and certainly quite sane men of scientific training had considered seriously this mathematic hypothesis.

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British Dictionary definitions for mathematic


/ˌmæθəˈmætɪkəl; ˌmæθˈmæt-/
of, used in, or relating to mathematics
characterized by or using the precision of mathematics; exact
using, determined by, or in accordance with the principles of mathematics
Derived Forms
mathematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mathematic

late 14c. as singular noun, replaced by early 17c. by mathematics, from Latin mathematica (plural), from Greek mathematike tekhne "mathematical science," feminine singular of mathematikos (adj.) "relating to mathematics, scientific, astronomical; disposed to learn," from mathema (genitive mathematos) "science, knowledge, mathematical knowledge; a lesson," literally "that which is learnt;" related to manthanein "to learn," from PIE root *mendh- "to learn" (cf. Greek menthere "to care," Lithuanian mandras "wide-awake," Old Church Slavonic madru "wise, sage," Gothic mundonsis "to look at," German munter "awake, lively"). As an adjective, 1540s, from French mathématique or directly from Latin mathematicus.



early 15c., from Latin mathematicus (see mathematic) + -al (1). Related: Mathematically.

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