# Mathematic

[math-uh-mat-i-kuh l] /ˌmæθ əˈmæt ɪ kəl/

**adjective**

1.

of, relating to, or of the nature of :

mathematical truth.

2.

employed in the operations of :

mathematical instruments.

3.

having the exactness, precision, or certainty of .

/ˌmæθəˈmætɪkəl; ˌmæθˈmæt-/

**adjective**

1.

of, used in, or relating to mathematics

2.

characterized by or using the precision of mathematics; exact

3.

using, determined by, or in accordance with the principles of mathematics

n.

late 14c. as singular **noun**, replaced by early 17c. by mathematics, from Latin mathematica (plural), from Greek mathematike tekhne “mathematical science,” feminine singular of mathematikos (**adj.**) “relating to mathematics, scientific, astronomical; disposed to learn,” from mathema (genitive mathematos) “science, knowledge, mathematical knowledge; a lesson,” literally “that which is learnt;” related to manthanein “to learn,” from PIE root *mendh- “to learn” (cf. Greek menthere “to care,” Lithuanian mandras “wide-awake,” Old Church Slavonic madru “wise, sage,” Gothic mundonsis “to look at,” German munter “awake, lively”). As an **adjective**, 1540s, from French mathématique or directly from Latin mathematicus.

**adj.**

early 15c., from Latin mathematicus (see mathematic) + -al (1). Related: Mathematically.

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