or nu·mer·ic

[noo-mer-i-kuh l or noo-mer-ik; nyoo-]


of or relating to numbers; of the nature of a number.
indicating a number: numerical symbols.
bearing or designated by a number.
expressed by numbers instead of letters: numerical cryptography; numerical equations.
of or relating to one's skill at working with numbers, solving mathematical problems, etc.: tests for rating numerical aptitude.
Mathematics. absolute(def 12).

Nearby words

  1. numeral system,
  2. numerary,
  3. numerate,
  4. numeration,
  5. numerator,
  6. numerical analysis,
  7. numerical aperture,
  8. numerical control,
  9. numerical identity,
  10. numerical taxonomy

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

Examples from the Web for numerical

British Dictionary definitions for numerical




of, relating to, or denoting a number or numbers
measured or expressed in numbersnumerical value
  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)
Derived Formsnumerically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for numerical



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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