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[stuh-tis-tik] /stəˈtɪs tɪk/
noun, Statistics.
a numerical fact or datum, especially one computed from a sample.
Origin of statistic
1780-90; < New Latin statisticus. See status, -istic
Related forms
nonstatistic, adjective
unstatistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for statistic
  • Each type of statistic sheds a slightly different light on a country's population.
  • Unfortunately, a rather grim statistic glares tho.
  • The pessimist sees in that statistic thousands and thousands of unhappy singles.
  • There's nothing newsworthy in printing a statistic and the obsequiously aped concern of a politician.
  • But that sobering statistic hasn't stopped the flesh trade on this sun-sparkled land.
  • It is not simply a matter of economics, as wealthy suburbs are marching into the statistic column.
  • Once more that statistic has to coincide with your preconceived notion of things.
  • The lone statistic the author uses in his argument is two years old and is reworded to prove his point.
  • But your facile use of one relatively meaningless statistic reveals that you have a way to go.
  • The figure with the higher statistic wins the round.
British Dictionary definitions for statistic


any function of a number of random variables, usually identically distributed, that may be used to estimate a population parameter See also sampling statistic, estimator (sense 2), parameter (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for statistic

"quantitative fact or statement," 1880; see statistics.

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