# decimal

[des-uh-muh l, des-muh l]

### adjective

pertaining to tenths or to the number 10.

proceeding by tens: a decimal system.

### noun

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## Origin of decimal

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## Word Origin for decimal

C17: from Medieval Latin decimālis of tithes, from Latin decima a tenth, from decem ten

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## decimal

c.1600, from Medeival Latin decimalis "of tithes or tenths," from Latin decimus "tenth," from decem "ten" (see ten). Applied to Arabic notation before modern sense of "decimal fractions" emerged. As a noun from 1640s.

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## decimal

[dĕs′ə-məl]

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