Definition of statistic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stəˈtɪstɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stəˈtɪstɪk//
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  1. 1statistics (informal stats) [plural] a collection of information shown in numbers crime/unemployment, etc. statistics According to official statistics the disease killed over 500 people. Statistics show that far more people are able to ride a bicycle than can drive a car. These statistics are misleading. see also vital statistics
  2. 2 statistics (informal stats) [uncountable] the science of collecting and analysing statistics There is a compulsory course in statistics.
  3. 3(informal stat) [countable] a piece of information shown in numbers An important statistic is that 94 per cent of crime relates to property. I felt I was no longer being treated as a person but as a statistic.
  4. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from German statistisch (adjective), Statistik (noun).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: statistic