## Topic: STATISTICS

Date: | 1700-1800 |

Language: | German |

Origin: | statistik 'study of political facts and figures', from Modern Latin statisticus 'of politics', from Latin status; STATE^{1} |

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## statistics

a) [plural]HMS a set of numbers which represent facts or measurements :

Statistics show that 50% of new businesses fail in their first year.

b) [uncountable]HMS the science of collecting and examining such numbers :

Statistics is a branch of mathematics.

2 [singular]HMS a single number which represents a fact or measurement :

The statistic comes from a study recently conducted by the British government.

3 if someone is just a statistic, they are just another example of someone who has died because of a particular type of accident or disease :

## a statistic

informalWe can't let these boys become just another statistic.

**—statistical**adjective:

statistical evidence

**—statistically**adverb:

The variation is not statistically significant.