- a numerical fact or datum, especially one computed from a sample.
Origin of statistic
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Examples from the Web for statistic
Breaking the will of ISIS, the military argues, is not a statistic.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
That statistic is based on a survey that includes attempted forced kissing as sexual assault.
Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, called that statistic “bogus.”
The “one in five” statistic is frequently cited by advocates of sexual assault awareness.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story quoted a statistic that The Daily Beast could not verify.Research Shows Link Between NSAID Use and Gut Disease
Valerie Vande Panne
April 21, 2014
Whether nebulæ are found rarely or often in squint, depends in great measure on the statistic materials which are worked out.Schweigger on Squint
At night it is counted and entered on a statistic sheet, under the same heads.
Every statement was substantiated, every statistic verified with Genslinger's meticulous love for exactness.The Octopus
But now it's a statistic that the soup is getting thicker, and I can't figure out why.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
How many never know how close they come to making their mistake, or being a statistic in somebody else's?Fee of the Frontier
Horace Brown Fyfe
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Word Origin and History for statistic
"quantitative fact or statement," 1880; see statistics.
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