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noun Statistics.
  1. a numerical fact or datum, especially one computed from a sample.
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Origin of statistic

From the New Latin word statisticus, dating back to 1780–90. See status, -istic
Related formsnon·sta·tis·tic, adjectiveun·sta·tis·tic, adjective
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  1. any function of a number of random variables, usually identically distributed, that may be used to estimate a population parameterSee also sampling statistic, estimator (def. 2), parameter (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for statistic


"quantitative fact or statement," 1880; see statistics.

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