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  1. Mathematics. in the way that the graph of a function approaches an asymptote, a straight line representing the limit of the function as one of its variables grows to infinity: This curve has a characteristic bell shape, high in the center but asymptotically approaching zero to form a tail on either side.

  2. in an asymptotic way; in such a way as to approach a given value, point, level, etc., continuously without ever reaching it: He applies similar reasoning to the problem of the moral perfectibility of humankind, which he believes can only happen asymptotically over time.

Origin of asymptotically

First recorded in 1670–80; asymptotic + -ally

Words Nearby asymptotically Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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