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noun
a sequence in which each term is obtained by the addition of a constant number to the preceding term, as 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, and 6, 1, −4, −9, −14.
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Also called arithmetic series.

Origin of arithmetic progression

First recorded in 1585–95

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British Dictionary definitions for arithmetic progression

arithmetic progression

noun
a sequence of numbers or quantities, each term of which differs from the succeeding term by a constant amount, such as 3,6,9,12Compare geometric progression
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Scientific definitions for arithmetic progression

arithmetic progression
[ ăr′ĭth-mĕtĭk ]

A sequence of numbers such as 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 …, in which each term after the first is formed by adding a constant (in this case, 2) to the preceding number. Compare geometric progression.
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