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Line breaks: math|em¦at|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /maθ(ə)ˈmatɪk(ə)l

Definition of mathematical in English:


1Relating to mathematics: mathematical symbols
More example sentences
  • His mathematical work covered Cartesian geometry and the theory of equations.
  • He did important work on differential equations and applications to mathematical physics.
  • His interests are in discrete differential geometry and mathematical visualization.
1.1Resembling mathematics in being rigorously precise: mathematical thinking he arranged the meal with mathematical precision on a plate
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  • The whole show was precise and mathematical, but full of subtle light, warmth and feeling.
  • Yet there is nothing mathematical or precise about his career progression.
  • We're also delighted by the mathematical precision that he's used in calculating the future.


late Middle English: from Latin mathematicalis, from Greek mathēmatikos, from mathēma, mathēmat- 'science', from the base of manthanein 'learn'.



Example sentences
  • This is done by logging evidence mathematically and anecdotally on cumulative records.
  • Sheer power means little in chess because it is a mathematically near-infinite game.
  • Someone more mathematically minded than myself might produce a formula to predict the levels of optimism among England fans.

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