monotonic

[mon-uh-ton-ik]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or uttered in a monotone: a monotonic delivery of a lecture.
2.
Mathematics.
a.
(of a function or of a particular set of values of a function) increasing or decreasing.
b.
(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:
1790–1800; monotone + -ic

monotonically, adverb

monotonic, monotonous.
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monotonic

adjective
1. of a sequence or function; consistently increasing and never decreasing or consistently decreasing and never increasing in value [ant: nonmonotonic
2. sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch; "the owl's faint monotonous hooting" [syn: flat
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Example sentences
Because the temperature of the atmosphere does not decrease monotonically.
The distrust or discomfort in many cases started at the outset of the program and kept monotonically escalating.
Ranges are either monotonically increasing or monotonically decreasing.
It means that the variable you are trying to use does not monotonically increase.
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