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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Other than that, they were mathematically safe—if they depended on the laws of chance.

    Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The mathematically gifted had no problem in learning the new math.

  • Its lines of crystallization are mathematically perfect, and according to the laws of its being.

    Dynamic Thought William Walker Atkinson
  • Why, it would seem to be mathematically demonstrable that that is absurd.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • The room was mathematically the same in size and shape as the one across the road, but oh, how different in appearance!

    More about Pixie Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for mathematically


/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 mathematically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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