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mathematical

[math-uh-mat-i-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of mathematics: mathematical truth.
  2. employed in the operations of mathematics: mathematical instruments.
  3. having the exactness, precision, or certainty of mathematics.
Also math·e·mat·ic.

Origin of mathematical

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin mathēmatic(us) pertaining to mathematics + -al1
Related formsmath·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·math·e·mat·ic, adjectivenon·math·e·mat·i·cal, adjectivenon·math·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·math·e·mat·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·math·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·math·e·mat·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·math·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·math·e·mat·i·cal, adjectiveun·math·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

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3. exact, precise, meticulous, rigorous.
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Examples from the Web for mathematical

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Historical Examples

  • But Shelley's world was the world of the utilitarian Godwin and the mathematical Condorcet.

  • Brocq could not place her with that mathematical exactitude dear to his scientific mind.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • He has been experimenting in mathematical physics, and I have been assisting him.

    The Einstein See-Saw

    Miles John Breuer

  • The way to it was through the mathematical sciences, and these too were dependent on it.

  • This is to be acquired through the study of the mathematical sciences.


British Dictionary definitions for mathematical

mathematical

less commonly mathematic

adjective
  1. of, used in, or relating to mathematics
  2. characterized by or using the precision of mathematics; exact
  3. using, determined by, or in accordance with the principles of mathematics
Derived Formsmathematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mathematical

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper