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[noo-mer-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /nuˈmɛr ɪ kəl, nyu-/
of or relating to numbers; of the nature of a number.
indicating a number:
numerical symbols.
bearing or designated by a number.
expressed by numbers instead of letters:
numerical cryptography; numerical equations.
of or relating to one's skill at working with numbers, solving mathematical problems, etc.:
tests for rating numerical aptitude.
Mathematics, absolute (def 12).
Origin of numerical
1615-25; < Latin numer(us) number + -ical
Related forms
numerically, adverb
numericalness, noun
unnumerical, adjective Unabridged
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  • Usually this means presenting perceptual information rather than symbolic or numeric.
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British Dictionary definitions for numeric


of, relating to, or denoting a number or numbers
measured or expressed in numbers: numerical value
  1. containing or using constants, coefficients, terms, or elements represented by numbers: 3x² + 4y = 2 is a numerical equation Compare literal (sense 6)
  2. another word for absolute (sense 11a)
Derived Forms
numerically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for numeric



1620s, from Latin numerus "a number" (see number (n.)) + suffix -ical. Perhaps by influence of French numérique "of a number or numbers." Related: Numerically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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