Also called cardinal numeral. any of the numbers that express amount, as one, two, three, etc. (distinguished from ordinal number).
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Origin of cardinal number
First recorded in 1585–95
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a number denoting quantity but not order in a setSometimes shortened to: cardinal
- a measure of the size of a set that does not take account of the order of its membersCompare natural number
- a particular number having this function
Compare ordinal number
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A number, such as 3, 11, or 412, used in counting to indicate quantity but not order. Compare ordinal number.
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