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numerical

[noo-mer-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /nuˈmɛr ɪ kəl, nyu-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining 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 pertaining to one's skill at working with numbers, solving mathematical problems, etc.:
tests for rating numerical aptitude.
6.
Mathematics, absolute (def 12).
Also, numeric.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin numer(us) number + -ical
Related forms
numerically, adverb
numericalness, noun
unnumerical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for numerically

numerical

/njuːˈmɛrɪkəl/
adjective
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)
Derived Forms
numerically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for numerically

numerical

adj.

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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