# numerical

### or numeric

[noo-mer-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /nuˈmɛr ɪ kəl, nyu-/
1.
of or relating to numbers; of the nature of a number.
2.
indicating a number:
numerical symbols.
3.
bearing or designated by a number.
4.
expressed by numbers instead of letters:
numerical cryptography; numerical equations.
5.
of or relating to one's skill at working with numbers, solving mathematical problems, etc.:
tests for rating numerical aptitude.
6.
Mathematics, absolute (def 12).
Origin of numerical
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin numer(us) number + -ical
Related forms
numericalness, noun
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• A numerically smaller portion is thriving, and a very small portion is really thriving.

August 9, 2011
Historical Examples
• When the indivisible is present in the divisible, "it is entire in each part," identically and numerically one.

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• It is numerically stronger than at the outset of the campaign.

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• On the whole, then, the supporters of Mr. Darwin's views in 1860 were numerically extremely insignificant.

Charles Darwin
• The Karens are numerically the strongest and live in the delta of the Irrawaddy.

Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
• Why was the Russian fleet, numerically superior to that of Japan, divided?

R. Van Bergen, M.A.
• Upon the French side the losses were numerically much smaller.

G.A. Henty
• The numerically smaller regiment is dissolved in the larger one.

• At the time of the alarm the regiments were not numerically strong.

Stephen M. Ostrander
• They exist only so long as they are apprehended; and they are numerically and existentially distinct in each individual mind.

Norman Kemp Smith
British Dictionary definitions for numerically

## numerical

/njuːˈmɛrɪkəl/
1.
of, relating to, or denoting a number or numbers
2.
measured or expressed in numbers: numerical value
3.
(maths)
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)
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Word Origin and History for numerically

## numerical

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

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