# mathematical

[math-uh-mat-i-kuh l]

- of, relating to, or of the nature of mathematics: mathematical truth.
- employed in the operations of mathematics: mathematical instruments.
- having the exactness, precision, or certainty of mathematics.

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Also math·e·mat·ic.

## Origin of mathematical^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms for mathematical on Thesaurus.com3. exact, precise, meticulous, rigorous.

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## Examples from the Web for mathematical

### Contemporary Examples

#### It takes Sharp four hours to get into character: “I take joy in the mathematical, symmetrical precision and perfectness of Bach.”

#### He majored in mathematical physics, studying mind-bending theories of quantum mechanics and partial differential equations.

#### To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational.

The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse ClaimsMarlow Stern

November 6, 2014

#### Kempton subsequently offered what he reasoned to be mathematical proof of her powers.

#### All Facebook will see is cyphertext—the mathematical gibberish computers generate to thwart spying eyes.

### Historical Examples

#### But Shelley's world was the world of the utilitarian Godwin and the mathematical Condorcet.

Shelley, Godwin and Their CircleH. N. Brailsford

#### Brocq could not place her with that mathematical exactitude dear to his scientific mind.

A Nest of SpiesPierre Souvestre

#### He has been experimenting in mathematical physics, and I have been assisting him.

The Einstein See-SawMiles John Breuer

#### The way to it was through the mathematical sciences, and these too were dependent on it.

The RepublicPlato

#### This is to be acquired through the study of the mathematical sciences.

The RepublicPlato

# mathematical

### less commonly mathematic

- of, used in, or relating to mathematics
- characterized by or using the precision of mathematics; exact
- using, determined by, or in accordance with the principles of mathematics

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## Word Origin and History for mathematical

### adj.

early 15c., from Latin mathematicus (see mathematic) + -al (1). Related: Mathematically.

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