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[mon-uh-ton-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈtɒn ɪk/
of, relating to, or uttered in a monotone:
a monotonic delivery of a lecture.
  1. (of a function or of a particular set of values of a function) increasing or decreasing.
  2. (of an ordered system of sets) consisting of sets such that each set contains the preceding set or such that each set is contained in the preceding set.
Origin of monotonic
1790-1800; monotone + -ic
Related forms
monotonically, adverb
Can be confused
monotonic, monotonous. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They were attractive enough, but the monotonic fatkins devotion to sybartism was so tiresome.

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In domain theory, a function f : D -> C is monotonic (or monotone) if
for all x,y in D, x <= y => f(x) <= f(y).
("<=" is written in LaTeX as \sqsubseteq).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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