a positive integer or zero.
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Origin of natural number
First recorded in 1755–65
Words nearby natural number
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British Dictionary definitions for natural number
any of the numbers 0,1,2,3,4,… that can be used to count the members of a set; the non-negative integers
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Scientific definitions for natural number
A positive integer.
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