or as·ymp·tot·i·cal

[ as-im-tot-ik or as-im-tot-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌæs ɪmˈtɒt ɪk or ˌæs ɪmˈtɒt ɪ kəl /

adjective Mathematics.

of or relating to an asymptote.
(of a function) approaching a given value as an expression containing a variable tends to infinity.
(of two functions) so defined that their ratio approaches unity as the independent variable approaches a limit or infinity.
(of a formula) becoming increasingly exact as a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity.
coming into consideration as a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity: asymptotic property; asymptotic behavior.

Nearby words

  1. asymmetrical,
  2. asymmetrical warfare,
  3. asymmetry,
  4. asymptomatic,
  5. asymptote,
  6. asymptotic freedom,
  7. asynapsis,
  8. asynchronism,
  9. asynchronous,
  10. asynchronous transmission

Origin of asymptotic

First recorded in 1665–75; asymptote + -ic

Related formsas·ymp·tot·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for asymptotical



/ (ˌæsɪmˈtɒtɪk) /


of or referring to an asymptote
(of a function, series, formula, etc) approaching a given value or condition, as a variable or an expression containing a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity
Derived Formsasymptotically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for asymptotical



1670s, see asymptote + -ic. Related: Asymptotical; asymptotically.

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