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[n. uh-rith-muh-tik; adj. ar-ith-met-ik] /n. əˈrɪθ mə tɪk; adj. ˌær ɪθˈmɛt ɪk/
the method or process of computation with figures: the most elementary branch of mathematics.
Also called higher arithmetic, theoretical arithmetic. the theory of numbers; the study of the divisibility of whole numbers, the remainders after division, etc.
a book on this subject.
adjective, arithmetic
Also, arithmetical. of or relating to arithmetic.
Origin of arithmetic
1200-50; < Latin arithmētica, feminine singular of arithmēticus < Greek arithmētikḗ (téchnē) (art, skill) of numbers, equivalent to arithmé(ein) to reckon + -t(o)- verbal adjective + -ikḗ -ic; replacing Middle English arsmet(r)ike < Old French arismetique < Medieval Latin arismētica, with s for Late Greek th
Related forms
arithmetically, adverb
nonarithmetic, adjective
nonarithmetical, adjective
nonarithmetically, adverb
unarithmetical, adjective
unarithmetically, adverb Unabridged
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  • If not, a sequence of tests using a type of mathematics called modular arithmetic is carried out.
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  • They don't plop students at computers to drill themselves on spelling or arithmetic.
  • Sucking at arithmetic is usually due to laziness or sloppy work.
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  • Demographics is simply the arithmetic of culture and values-it only quantifies, it doesn't explain.
  • Then when they open their book they will see me, arithmetic.
  • And if you do the arithmetic of debt service, that really does seem to suggest that debt isn't a problem.
  • Simple arithmetic suggests that global fisheries are not sustainable under the current management regime.
British Dictionary definitions for arithmetic


the branch of mathematics concerned with numerical calculations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
one or more calculations involving numerical operations
knowledge of or skill in using arithmetic: his arithmetic is good
adjective (ˌærɪθˈmɛtɪk)
of, relating to, or using arithmetic
Derived Forms
arithmetically, adverb
arithmetician, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Latin arithmētica, from Greek arithmētikē, from arithmein to count, from arithmos number
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Word Origin and History for arithmetic

mid-13c., arsmetike, from Old French arsmetique (12c.), from Latin arithmetica, from Greek arithmetike (tekhne) "(the) counting (art)," fem. of arithmetikos "of or for reckoning, arithmetical," from arithmos "number, counting, amount," from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (cf. Old English, Old High German rim "number;" Old Irish rim "number," dorimu "I count;" Latin ritus "religious custom;" see read).

Originally in English also arsmetrik, on folk etymology from Medieval Latin ars metrica; spelling corrected early 16c. Replaced native tælcræft, literally "tell-craft."

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arithmetic in Science
The mathematics of integers, rational numbers, real numbers, or complex numbers under the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
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