Definition of statistic in English:

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Pronunciation: /stəˈtistik/


1A fact or piece of data from a study of a large quantity of numerical data: the statistics show that the crime rate has increased
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  • By simply taking a superficial look at the quantitative statistics we may not be able to see the whole truth.
  • In the West we are faced with this fact in alarming health statistics like one in two men and one in three women will get cancer.
  • We assessed heterogeneity between studies with the Q statistic and by visual inspection of the results.
1.1An event or person regarded as no more than a piece of data (used to suggest an inappropriately impersonal approach): he was just another statistic
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  • Has he no sympathy or regret to convey to the relatives or Scottish public, or are they, as he seems to suggest, just another statistic?
  • Sadly another young pedestrian has become a statistic in the recent tragic accident on Bradshawgate.
  • Was I just about to become another statistic, one of the many lost souls who go missing, never to be seen again, until their skeleton is found under a patio two decades hence?


another term for statistical.


Late 18th century: from German statistisch (adjective), Statistik (noun).

  • This is from the German adjective statistisch, and the noun Statistik. This German noun was used by a German writer called Aschenwall in 1748 as a name for the area of knowledge dealing with the constitutions and resources of the various states of the world. French writers of the 18th century refer to Aschenwall as having introduced the word, which then gave rise to French statistique. In English the word was first found in the phrase statistic science (a collection of numerical facts to do with economic conditions) in the late 18th century.

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Syllabification: sta·tis·tic

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