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[as-im-tot-ik] /ˌæs ɪmˈtɒt ɪk/
adjective, Mathematics
of or relating to an asymptote.
(of a function) approaching a given value as an expression containing a variable tends to infinity.
(of two functions) so defined that their ratio approaches unity as the independent variable approaches a limit or infinity.
(of a formula) becoming increasingly exact as a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity.
coming into consideration as a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity:
asymptotic property; asymptotic behavior.
Also, asymptotical.
Origin of asymptotic
1665-75; asymptote + -ic
Related forms
asymptotically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for asymptotic


of or referring to an asymptote
(of a function, series, formula, etc) approaching a given value or condition, as a variable or an expression containing a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity
Derived Forms
asymptotically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for asymptotic

1670s, see asymptote + -ic. Related: Asymptotical; asymptotically.

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