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  1. of, relating to, or arranged in a table or systematic arrangement by columns, rows, etc., as statistics.
  2. ascertained from or computed by the use of tables.
  3. having the form of a table, tablet, or tablature.
  4. flat and expansive, as tableland or a plateau.
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Origin of tabular

First recorded in 1650–60, tabular is from the Latin word tabulāris pertaining to a board or tablet. See table, -ar1
Related formstab·u·lar·ly, adverbnon·tab·u·lar, adjectivenon·tab·u·lar·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • In tabular work reversed commas are used as a sign for ditto.


    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • Some are almost solid and tabular, others are simple stars or fern-branched.

    The Log of the Sun

    William Beebe

  • Exhibit, in a tabular form, the languages of the Gothic stock.

  • A brief review of the results of these tests is given in the tabular summary.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • Minor inconsistencies of punctuation in the tabular text have been resolved.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

British Dictionary definitions for tabular


  1. arranged in systematic or table form
  2. calculated from or by means of a table
  3. like a table in form; flat
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Derived Formstabularly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin tabulāris concerning boards, from tabula a board
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Word Origin and History for tabular


"table-shaped," 1650s, from Latin tabularis "of a slab or tablet," from tabula "slab" (see table).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tabular in Medicine


  1. Having a plane surface; flat.
  2. Organized as a table or list.
  3. Calculated by means of a table.
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