mathematical
also mathematic adjective Etymology: Middle English mathematicalle, from Latin mathematicus, from Greek mathēmatikos, from mathēmat-, mathēma learning, mathematics, from manthanein to learn; probably akin to Gothic mundon to pay attention Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or according with mathematics 2. a. rigorously exact ; precise b. certain 3. possible but highly improbable <
only a mathematical chance
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mathematically adverb

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