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  1. of, occurring in, or utilizing algebra.
  2. 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.
  3. using arbitrary letters or symbols in place of the letters, symbols, or numbers of an actual application.
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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
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Historical Examples of algebraically

  • The problem of finding the maximum product of n positive quantities whose sum is given may also be found, algebraically, thus.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 8


  • A locus or curve may be algebraically specified in another way; viz.

British Dictionary definitions for algebraically



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



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

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