[ al-juh-brey-ik ]
/ ˌæl dʒəˈbreɪ ɪk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. algaroth powder,
  2. algarroba,
  3. algarve,
  4. algebra,
  5. algebra of sets,
  6. algebraic equation,
  7. algebraic expression,
  8. algebraic extension,
  9. algebraic function,
  10. algebraic geometry

Also al·ge·bra·i·cal.

Origin of algebraic

First recorded in 1655–65; algebra + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for algebraic



/ (ˌældʒɪˈbreɪɪk) /


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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