Origin of approximation
Related formsap·prox·i·ma·tive, adjective
Examples from the Web for approximation
To the second point, Reinhart and Rogoff had, to a first approximation, zero actual effect on policy.
There are, to a first approximation, zero healthy adoptable babies in the US foster care system.
Finally, the former president is home, back in civilian life—or at some approximation of it.
It is generally a gross approximation of the conception of the Infinite Being to the likeness of man.An Essay on the Evils of Popular Ignorance|John Foster
The science which has this approximation for its aim, is polity.A History of Philosophy in Epitome|Albert Schwegler
Then there was no approximation to a national government, even of the federal type.
In confirmation of this approximation of dates, compare the name Capilet, v. 3.A Chronicle History of the Life and Work of William Shakespeare|Frederick Gard Fleay
When a first approximation has been obtained in this way, further approximations can be obtained in various ways.
British Dictionary definitions for approximation
- an estimate of the value of some quantity to a desired degree of accuracy
- an expression in simpler terms than a given expression which approximates to it