from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to mathematics.
  • adj. Precise; exact.
  • adj. Absolute; certain.
  • adj. Possible according to mathematics but highly improbable: The team has only a mathematical chance to win the championship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to mathematics
  • adj. Possible but highly improbable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to mathematics; according to mathematics; hence, theoretically precise; accurate

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or relating to mathematics; having to do with pure quantity; quantitative: as, mathematical knowledge; mathematical instruments; a mathematical theory.
  • According to the principles of mathematics; theoretically precise; absolutely accurate; strict; rigid; demonstrable: as, mathematical exactness; mathematical certainty.
  • Geometrical, as opposed to arithmetical and algebraical: an incorrect use, formerly current.
  • Astrological; magical.
  • Produced by mathematics, as pure figures and number.
  • Mathematics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. beyond question
  • adj. statistically possible though highly improbable
  • adj. relating to or having ability to think in or work with numbers
  • adj. characterized by the exactness or precision of mathematics
  • adj. of or pertaining to or of the nature of mathematics


Middle English, from Medieval Latin mathēmaticālis, from Latin mathēmaticus, from Greek mathēmatikos, from mathēma, mathēmat-, science, learning, from manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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