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.
Origin of algebraic
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
First recorded in 1655–65; algebra
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Related Words for algebraicanalytical
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.
Then he remembered, as if recalling some algebraic formula, "I'm in love."
His specialty was the solution of algebraic problems mentally.
British Dictionary definitions for algebraic
Derived Formsalgebraically, adverb
of or relating to algebraan algebraic expression
using or relating to finite numbers, operations, or relationships
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Word Origin and History for algebraic
1660s, from algebra + -ic. Earlier was algebraical (1570s).
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