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.

Also math·e·mat·ic.

Origin of mathematical

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin mathēmatic(us) pertaining to mathematics + -al1
Related formsmath·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·math·e·mat·ic, adjectivenon·math·e·mat·i·cal, adjectivenon·math·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·math·e·mat·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·math·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·math·e·mat·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·math·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·math·e·mat·i·cal, adjectiveun·math·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for mathematical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nonmathematical


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
Derived Formsmathematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nonmathematical



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

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