[ noo-mer-i-kuhl, nyoo- ]
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  1. of or relating to numbers; of the nature of a number.

  2. indicating a number: numerical symbols.

  1. bearing or designated by a number.

  2. expressed by numbers instead of letters: numerical cryptography; numerical equations.

  3. of or relating to one's skill at working with numbers, solving mathematical problems, etc.: tests for rating numerical aptitude.

  4. Mathematics. absolute (def. 12).

Origin of numerical

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin numer(us) number + -ical
  • Also nu·mer·ic [noo-mer-ik, nyoo-] /nuˈmɛr ɪk, nyu-/ .

Other words from numerical

  • nu·mer·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • nu·mer·i·cal·ness, noun
  • un·nu·mer·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use numerical in a sentence

  • They have been swapped over so they are now in the correct numeric order in this e-text.

British Dictionary definitions for numerical



/ (njuːˈmɛrɪkəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or denoting a number or numbers

  2. measured or expressed in numbers: numerical value

  1. maths

    • containing or using constants, coefficients, terms, or elements represented by numbers: 3x² + 4y = 2 is a numerical equation Compare literal (def. 6)

    • another word for absolute (def. 11a)

Derived forms of numerical

  • numerically, adverb

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