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Date: 1700-1800
Language: German
Origin: statistik 'study of political facts and figures', from Modern Latin statisticus 'of politics', from Latin status; STATE1

statistic

noun
     
Related topics: Statistics
sta‧tis‧tic S2 W3
1

statistics

a) [plural]HMS a set of numbers which represent facts or measurements:
the official crime statistics
statistics for
statistics for injuries at work
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

a statistic

informal 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:
We can't let these boys become just another statistic.
statistical adjective:
statistical evidence
statistically adverb:
The variation is not statistically significant.
vital statistics

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