asymptotic or as·ymp·tot·i·cal [as-im-tot -ik or as-im-tot -i-kuh l]

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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. Show More

Origin of asymptotic First recorded in

1665–75; asymptote +

-ic Related forms as·ymp·tot·i·cal·ly , adverb Dictionary.com Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for asymptotically Historical Examples of asymptotically The theory is not a thing complete from the first, but a thing which grows, as it were asymptotically , towards certainty.

British Dictionary definitions for asymptotically 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 Show More

Derived Forms asymptotically , adverb Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for asymptotically adj. 1670s, see asymptote + -ic . Related: Asymptotical ; asymptotically .

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