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

  • n. A numerical datum.
  • n. A numerical value, such as standard deviation or mean, that characterizes the sample or population from which it was derived.
  • n. One viewed as a nameless item of statistical information: got laid off and became another statistic in the slumping economy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative spelling of statistical.
  • n. A single item in a statistical study.
  • n. A quantity calculated from the data in a sample, which characterises an important aspect in the sample (such as mean or standard deviation).
  • n. A person, or personal event, reduced to being an item of statistical information.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to statistics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Statistical.
  • n. Same as statistics.
  • n. A statistical statement.
  • n. A statistician.

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

  • n. a datum that can be represented numerically


Ultimately from New Latin statisticus, of statecraft; see statistics.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from statistics. (Wiktionary)



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