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[noo-mer-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /nuˈmɛr ɪ kəl, nyu-/

of or relating to ; of the nature of a number.
indicating a number:
numerical symbols.
bearing or designated by a number.
expressed by numbers instead of letters:
numerical cryptography; numerical equations.
of or relating to one’s skill at working with numbers, solving mathematical problems, etc.:
tests for rating numerical aptitude.
Mathematics. (def 12).
of, relating to, or denoting a number or numbers
measured or expressed in numbers: numerical value


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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