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# factorial

[ fak-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr- ]

/ fækˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /

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noun

Mathematics. the product of a given positive integer multiplied by all lesser positive integers: The quantity four factorial (4!) = 4 ⋅ 3 ⋅ 2 ⋅ 1 = 24. Symbol:n!, where n is the given integer.

adjective

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## OTHER WORDS FROM factorial

fac·to·ri·al·ly, adverb## Words nearby factorial

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## How to use factorial in a sentence

These phenomena demonstrate the existence of a complex interrelation between the factorial units.

The Organism as a Whole|Jacques LoebIn its place stands the factorial hypothesis, evolved by workers in America, England, and France at about the same time.

Applied Eugenics|Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill JohnsonIt is by no means unlikely that various dark forms of lubricipeda correspond with a progressive series of factorial additions.

Problems of Genetics|William BatesonThe possible connections within it were factorial one hundred thousand.

Unwise Child|Gordon Randall Garrett

## British Dictionary definitions for factorial

factorial

/ (fækˈtɔːrɪəl) maths /

noun

the product of all the positive integers from one up to and including a given integer. Factorial zero is assigned the value of one: factorial four is 1 × 2 × 3 × 4 . Symbol: n !, where n is the given integer

adjective

of or involving factorials or factors

## Derived forms of factorial

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## Scientific definitions for factorial

factorial

[ făk-tôr′ē-əl ]

The product of all of the positive integers from 1 to a given positive integer. It is written as the given integer followed by an exclamation point. For example, the factorial of 4 (written 4!) is 1 X 2 X 3 X 4, or 24.

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