# statistic

sta·tis·tic
noun

- Statistics are defined as numerical data, and is the field of math that deals with the collection, tabulation and interpretation of numerical data.
- An example of statistics is a report of numbers saying how many followers of each religion there are in a particular country.
- An example of statistics is a math class offered in high schools and colleges.

- The definition of a statistic is a number, or a person who is an unnamed piece of data to be studied.
- When you have data on the average salary and the average number of children in a society, each of these different data points is an example of a statistic.
- When you are afraid you will be seen as just one of many generic teen mothers who has messed up her life, this is an example of a time when you are afraid of being a statistic.

## statistic

*rare var. of*statistical

a statistical item or element

## statistic

noun

- A numerical piece of information.
- A calculated numerical value (such as the sample mean) that characterizes some aspect of a sample set of data, and that is often meant to estimate the true value of a corresponding parameter (such as the population mean) in an underlying population.
- One viewed solely as a piece of statistical or numerical information:
*got laid off and became another statistic in the slumping economy.*

Origin of statistic

*Ultimately from*New Latin

*statisticus*

*of statecraft*; see

**statistics**.

## statistic

Adjective

(*comparative* more statistic, *superlative* most statistic)

- Alternative spelling of
*statistical*.

Noun

(*plural* statistics)

- A single item in a statistical study.
- A quantity calculated from the data in a sample, which characterises an important aspect in the sample (such as mean or standard deviation).
- A person, or personal event, reduced to being an item of statistical information.
- By dying from an overdose, he became just another statistic.

Origin

Back-formation from *statistics*.