monotonic

[ mon-uh-ton-ik ]

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or uttered in a monotone: a monotonic delivery of a lecture.

  2. Mathematics.

    • (of a function or sequence) either consistently increasing in value and never decreasing, or consistently decreasing in value and never increasing: A monotonic sequence can either converge or diverge, but it can never oscillate.

    • (of an ordered system of sets) consisting of sets such that each set contains the preceding set or such that each set is contained in the preceding set.

Origin of monotonic

1
First recorded in 1790–1800; monotone + -ic

Other words from monotonic

  • mon·o·ton·i·cal·ly, adverb

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