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or nu·mer·ic

[noo-mer-i-kuh l or noo-mer-ik; nyoo-]
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  1. of or relating to numbers; of the nature of a number.
  2. indicating a number: numerical symbols.
  3. bearing or designated by a number.
  4. expressed by numbers instead of letters: numerical cryptography; numerical equations.
  5. of or relating to one's skill at working with numbers, solving mathematical problems, etc.: tests for rating numerical aptitude.
  6. Mathematics. absolute(def 12).
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Origin of numerical

1615–25; < Latin numer(us) number + -ical
Related formsnu·mer·i·cal·ly, adverbnu·mer·i·cal·ness, nounun·nu·mer·i·cal, adjective
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Related Words for numeric

numeral, numerical, arithmetic, binary, exponent, fraction, fractional, integrated, mathematical, statistical, arithmetical, differential, digital, exponential, logarithm, logarithmic, numerary

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Historical Examples of numeric

  • Numeric references within the text refer to the bibliography.

    The Toxicity of Caffein

    William Salant

  • Most valuable information respecting the chronology and numeric systems of the Egyptians has been derived from them.

  • Numeric notes refer to the extensive Notes section of the text.

  • Footnotes with numeric tags are located near the end of the work.

  • Raised dots were replaced with decimal points in numeric notations.

British Dictionary definitions for numeric



  1. of, relating to, or denoting a number or numbers
  2. measured or expressed in numbersnumerical value
  3. maths
    1. containing or using constants, coefficients, terms, or elements represented by numbers3x² + 4y = 2 is a numerical equation Compare literal (def. 6)
    2. another word for absolute (def. 11a)
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Derived Formsnumerically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for numeric



1620s, from Latin numerus "a number" (see number (n.)) + suffix -ical. Perhaps by influence of French numérique "of a number or numbers." Related: Numerically.

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