- Belonging to number; denoting number; consisting in numbers; expressed by numbers, and not letters; as, numerical characters; a numerical equation; a numerical statement.
- The same in number; hence, identically the same; identical; as, the same numerical body.(Obs)"Would to God that all my fellow brethren, which with me bemoan the loss of their books, . . . might rejoice for the recovery thereof, though not the same numerical volumes." [Fuller.]
- relating to or having ability to think in or work with numbers; as, tests for rating numerical aptitude. Contrasted with verbal.synonyms: mathematical.
Note: ☞ Numerical, as opposed to algebraical, is used to denote a value irrespective of its sign; thus, -5 is numerically greater than -3, though algebraically less.
Etymology: Cf. F. numérique. See Number (n.)