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mathematical

[math-uh-mat-i-kuh l] /ˌmæθ əˈmæt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of mathematics:
mathematical truth.
2.
employed in the operations of mathematics:
mathematical instruments.
3.
having the exactness, precision, or certainty of mathematics.
Also, mathematic.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin mathēmatic(us) pertaining to mathematics + -al1
Related forms
mathematically, adverb
nonmathematic, adjective
nonmathematical, adjective
nonmathematically, adverb
semimathematical, adjective
semimathematically, adverb
supermathematical, adjective
supermathematically, adverb
unmathematical, adjective
unmathematically, adverb
Synonyms
3. exact, precise, meticulous, rigorous.
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British Dictionary definitions for mathematic

mathematical

/ˌmæθəˈmætɪkəl; ˌmæθˈmæt-/
adjective
1.
of, used in, or relating to mathematics
2.
characterized by or using the precision of mathematics; exact
3.
using, determined by, or in accordance with the principles of mathematics
Derived Forms
mathematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mathematic
n.

late 14c. as singular noun, replaced by early 17c. by mathematics, from Latin mathematica (plural), from Greek mathematike tekhne "mathematical science," feminine singular of mathematikos (adj.) "relating to mathematics, scientific, astronomical; disposed to learn," from mathema (genitive mathematos) "science, knowledge, mathematical knowledge; a lesson," literally "that which is learnt;" related to manthanein "to learn," from PIE root *mendh- "to learn" (cf. Greek menthere "to care," Lithuanian mandras "wide-awake," Old Church Slavonic madru "wise, sage," Gothic mundonsis "to look at," German munter "awake, lively"). As an adjective, 1540s, from French mathématique or directly from Latin mathematicus.

mathematical

adj.

early 15c., from Latin mathematicus (see mathematic) + -al (1). Related: Mathematically.

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