of, occurring in, or utilizing algebra.
Mathematics. of or relating to an element that is the root of a polynomial equation with coefficients from some given field: is algebraic over the field of real numbers.
using arbitrary letters or symbols in place of the letters, symbols, or numbers of an actual application.

Also al·ge·bra·i·cal.

Origin of algebraic

First recorded in 1655–65; algebra + -ic
Related formsal·ge·bra·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·al·ge·bra·ic, adjectivenon·al·ge·bra·i·cal, adjectivenon·al·ge·bra·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·al·ge·bra·ic, adjectivesub·al·ge·bra·ic, adjectivesub·al·ge·bra·i·cal, adjectivesub·al·ge·bra·i·cal·ly, adverbun·al·ge·bra·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for algebraic

Historical Examples of algebraic

  • To attain it, we should have to reason naked in a desert with algebraic symbols.

  • Hence the failure of attempts to apply arithmetical or algebraic formulae to logic.

  • All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Then he remembered, as if recalling some algebraic formula, "I'm in love."

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • His specialty was the solution of algebraic problems mentally.

British Dictionary definitions for algebraic




of or relating to algebraan algebraic expression
using or relating to finite numbers, operations, or relationships
Derived Formsalgebraically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for algebraic

1660s, from algebra + -ic. Earlier was algebraical (1570s).

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